The annual high-level meeting between United Nations, the Council of Europe
, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
and partner organizations in the Tripartite format was held on 7 July 2008 in Strasbourg. The meeting was hosted by the Council of Europe, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the process in 2008.
Headed by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the United Nations delegation included representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
, the United Nations Development Programme
and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The theme of the meeting was “Intercultural Dialogue” and discussions focused on the role of human rights, the promotion of intercultural competencies through education, as well as the link between intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention.
Participants at the meeting stressed that the promotion of intercultural dialogue and the management of cultural diversity are among the priorities of their organizations. Calling on Governments to take appropriate measures to secure an environment conducive to intercultural dialogue, they also declared their determination to strengthen coordination and cooperation and discussed additional joint action in the fields of human rights protection, education and conflict prevention.
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High-level representatives of the European Commission, the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross took part as observers.
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Director-General’s opening statement