Baku hosted 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
May 1, 2024

On 1 May 2024, Secretary General Mehmet Süreyya Er attended the opening ceremony of the 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue themed “Dialogue for Peace and Global Security”.

As part of the “Baku Process” initiated by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in 2008, the Forum was held in collaboration with international structures such as the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), UNESCO, the UN Tourism, and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

Three-day event brought together 700 guests representing more than 100 countries, including government officials, representatives of international organizations, eminent cultural figures, journalists, civil society organizations, and intellectuals from across the globe, to deliberate upon pressing global challenges.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev addressed the opening ceremony. Welcoming the Forum participants, Head of State expressed confidence that the upcoming discussions and ideas would help to further develop approaches to intercultural dialogue, and ways to work together to reduce existing and potential threats.

The Forum featured 4 plenary sessions and 12 panel discussions devoted to discussions in education, youth, climate change, artificial intelligence, protection of cultural heritage, illegal migration and other areas.

The primary objective of the 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue was to explore the critical intersections between dialogue facilitation, cooperative frameworks, leadership efficacy, and the complex dynamics of interconnectedness, all in the service of advancing global peace and security imperatives.