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The Doha Pre-Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
an article by Marcos Estrada de Oliveira

Between 3-4 May 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) held the DOHA PRE-FORUM 2011 in Doha, Qatar. It was a consultation with civil society organizations connecting the UNAOC's mission and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): an Agenda for Collaborative Action.



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The Doha Pre-Forum 2011 with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) was co-organized by the UNAOC and the Drafting Committee of the Doha Forum, in partnership with the Human Rights National Committee of Qatar, the Arab Democracy Foundation, Silatech and the Doha Center for Media Freedom.

It is the first step to set the Fourth Annual Forum of the UNAOC that will be held in Doha on December 11 to 13, 2011. It will bring together world leaders - UN Secretary-General, Heads of States and Governments, heads of international organizations, Ministers, civil society activists, scholars, Nobel laureates, corporate executives, religious leaders, - and thousands of actors and organizations from around the world actively involved in enhancing intercultural dialogue and cooperation.

Designed as a turning point for the UNAOC's agenda, the Doha Forum focused on how to build further upon the close link between the UNAOC's mission and the MDGs agenda. With this new approach the aim is to make the UNAOC able to contribute fully to promoting, encouraging and realizing human rights and fundamental freedoms as the sole foundation of development, justice and peace in the world.

Over 150 participants took part in the Pre-Forum. They included namely representatives of the local CSOs (grassroots organizations; minority or migrant agencies; faith based groups; arts and culture; youth; sports clubs), international NGOs, foundations and corporations, either existing partners and interlocutors of the UNAOC, and those organizations, which had never been engaged with the Alliance so far.

Representing the Youth Team for a Culture of Peace, I was also invited to this unique initiative. It was a great opportunity to discuss with other civil society members issues of common interest for all. At this point, I look forward to have a chance to participate in the Forum 2011, and present the report on the Decade for a Culture of Peace elaborated by a Youth Team.

For more information, see the UNAOC website.

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This report was posted on June 2, 2011.