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Deputy Prime Minister Jean Asselborn at the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Forum in Doha, Qatar (11-12 December 2011)

Published Sunday December 11 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr Jean Asselborn, participated in the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Forum in Doha, Qatar, on 11 and 12 December 2011.

This 4th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations, under the topic of “Intercultural Dialogue to Boost Development”, followed the Forum in Rio de Janeiro of May 2010.

In his intervention, Minister Asselborn discussed in particular the Arab Spring, which “illustrates that whatever their cultural origins, all peoples share the same basic aspirations for freedom and justice”.

Confronted with global and interdependent challenges such as poverty, climate change, conflicts, insecurity, pandemics, economic crises and migration, Luxembourg works for sustainable development as a global common goal, explained the head of Luxembourg’s diplomacy. The activities of Luxembourg’s development cooperation are primarily geared towards the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. With a percentage of official development assistance (ODA) of 1.05% in 2010, Luxembourg is among the rare donor countries in the world which respect and surpass the joint objectives in this regard.

Full text of the Minister's speech

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