One week left to write on the Youth Forum for the UN Alliance of Civilizations conference in Qatar!

Hi all,

I’ve been so busy with conferences and schoolwork and moderating a discussion forum that I forgot to mention that very discussion forum to you all ! It’s one that you all are invited to participate in !

I’m co-moderating the 2011 UN Alliance of Civilizations youth online forum with Janice, from Ireland, in preparation for the UN AOC conference on the role of cultural diversity in international development in Doha, Qatar. It’s been an incredible experience; the forum truly is international and we’ve received comments and essays from people all over the world.

There are 9 discussions in total, with three questions for each of the three themes.

Here is the layout of the discussion:


The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the International Youth Council (IYC) and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) are partnering to hold an on-line consultation on the 3 themes of the upcoming UNAOC’s Fourth Annual Forum to be held in Doha, Qatar this December. This forum in Qatar will bring together over 2,000 participants, including political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, research centers, foundations and journalists, will come together to agree on joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace. The 3 themes of this 4th UNAOC Forum are:
• Theme 1: How Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Development? The missing link
• Theme 2: Promoting Trust and Tolerance to Advance Development Goals
• Theme 3: New Strategies for Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding & Cooperation

The UNAOC, the IYC and the FAF are inviting youth partners from all around the world to share their viewpoints on these 3 themes until November 30, 2011. For each theme, 3 specific questions were developed (see below). For each question, you can count on the support of 2 co-moderators. The most helpful and poignant viewpoints from this consultation process will be shared with the youth participants who will then interact in person with world leaders at the Doha Forum. We want to work with you in ensuring that the voices and viewpoint of youth partners around the world be noted and heard at the Doha Forum! We look forward to hearing from you before November 30!

Isabelle from UNAOC, Jaime from IYC and Yin-Chu from FAF


Theme 1: How Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Development? The Missing Link
Question 1: How does knowing the everyday reality of another being and shared experiences help define and build a workable alliance? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Nicole (co-moderator)Eliane (co-moderator)
Topics: 9
Posts: 41
Last post by ahmedkhalifa
in Re: Role of Mediator
on November 23, 2011, 11:56
Question 2: How does cultural awareness assist in defining shared experiences and achieving development objectives? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Emily (co-moderator)Elisa (co-moderator)
Topics: 11
Posts: 28
Last post by ahmedkhalifa
in Re: The Keys Of The Human Rights and developing the comunity
on November 23, 2011, 09:40
Question 3: Can a world development program succeed without taking into account cultural diversity? Yes or No? Why? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Ani (co-moderator)Janice (co-moderator)
Topics: 10
Posts: 43
Last post by Ani (co-moderator)
in Re: Cultural diversity crucial to development planning
on November 23, 2011, 15:37
Theme 2: Promoting Trust and Tolerance to Advance Development Goals
Question 1: What tools do we have today to suspend the “culture of fear” and move forward to a global development agenda? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Maryam (co-moderator)Sasha (co-moderator)
Topics: 13
Posts: 68
Last post by Sasha (co-moderator)
in Re: Tools for development agenda
on November 23, 2011, 15:31
Question 2: How can world leaders leverage youth’s capacity to connect across cultures? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Adina (co-moderator)Farah (co-moderator)
Topics: 5
Posts: 11
Last post by barluedomingo
in Youth and culture of peace
on November 23, 2011, 07:42
Question 3: How do the trust and tolerance of today’s youth situate us/them to advance development goals? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Modupe (co-moderator)Gabi (co-moderator)
Topics: 14
Posts: 44
Last post by Modupe (co-moderator)
in Re: “I don
on November 23, 2011, 07:41
Theme 3: New Strategies for Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding & Cooperation
Question 1: How do the arts speak to a shared human experience? What kinds of programs work? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Eduardo (co-moderator)Olivia (co-moderator)
Topics: 4
Posts: 26
Last post by Eduardo (co-moderator)
in Re: A great example: Music
on November 22, 2011, 23:10
Question 2: When have arts and alternative strategies such as sports, volunteerism, succeeded into developing a path of understanding and hope where other means could not? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Igeoma (co-moderator)Declan (co-moderator)
Topics: 10
Posts: 14
Last post by Igeoma (co-moderator)
in The Future We Want
on November 22, 2011, 21:35
Question 3: In what ways do alternative strategies advance cross-cultural understanding in a way that political parlance does not? 
Moderators: Isabelle (moderator)Stacee (co-moderator)Willice (co-moderator)
Topics: 7
Posts: 28
Last post by Stacee (co-moderator)
in Re: Soft power of the arts: Where have you seen soft power tools work better than ‘traditional powers’? 
I would appreciate it so much if  you all could respond to some of these questions, and especially my own! 😉 Some of the questions are fascinating: I really like Question #1 for my topic, How does knowing the everyday reality of another culture help build a workable alliance? as well as Question #1 for topic #3: How do the arts speak to a shared human experience? What kinds of programs work? I am amazed at the amount of people who have already participated – my topic alone has 42 posts! The discussion will be accessible for one more week. So please take some time to read these amazing conversations during Thanksgiving break, and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions if you are confused about how to participate.
Much love,

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