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Luxembourg's Foreign Minister at the 5th Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations in Vienna

Published Thursday February 28 2013

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, participated in the 5th Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations in Vienna on 27 and 28 February 2013.

The Alliance of Civilisations was established in 2005 as a joint initiative of the governments of Turkey and Spain, under the aegis of the United Nations. The UNAOC's objective is to promote understanding and good relations between peoples of different cultures and religions, in order to counter polarisation and extremism. This 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations focused on the promotion of Responsible Leadership in Diversity and Dialogue. Taking place in Vienna, the Forum had keynote addresses by Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as by the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio.

The Forum set out to contribute to the resolution of tensions and divisions which currently reign between cultures and traditions throughout the world, by examining the challenges of a stable governance of cultural diversity in the context of globalisation. It brought together political leaders from the entire world, as well as leaders from international organisations, business, media and civil society, with a view to fostering partnerships, exchange and stronger links between diverse communities and thus strengthen trust between cultures.

In particular, this 5th Forum of the UNAOC had the aim of examining responsible leadership around three questions: the promotion, protection and full enjoyment of religious freedom; pluralism and content diversity in the media and finally the creation of a new discourse concerning migration, integration and human mobility in the global economy.