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Public Conference


Secretary-General of the Organzation of the Islamic Conference

Building bridges: intercultural dialogue, identities and migration


( Due to temporary health problems, the second speaker Mr. Carlos Fuentes had to cancel his participation in the Lecture )
Thursday, 16 September 2010 | 4:30 p.m.
Palais des Nations; Assembly Hall
The video archive of the Lecture is available on the UN website
To read Mr. Ihsanoglu's speech, please click here

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is the first by-vote selected Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

To read Mr. Ihsanoglu's biogrpahy, please click here



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What the media say

Thematic Press Rreviews and Interviews

HardTalk Extra interview with Carlos Fuentes by Gavin Esler, BBC, screened on 6 April 2006


Coverage by Media Partners and other newspapers


Radio Suisse Romande

Tribune de Genève: Interview with Carlos Fuentes «I do not believe in the clash of civilizations theory», by Alain Jourdan, 15 October 2010

(French version)

Tribune de Genève: "Debate with a view to promoting an intercultural dialogue", by Alain Jourdan, 6 October 2010

(French version)


Background documents
Intercultural dialogue

ACTION PLAN FOR 2010, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

Resolution 63/22: Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, adopted by the General Assembly of the UN on 13 November 2008

Resolution 62/90: Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, adopted by the General Assembly of the UN on 17 December 2007

Resolution 46: Proclamation of an international year for the rapprochement of cultures, adopted by the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (16 October – 2 November 2007)


What the experts say
Intercultural dialogue, identities and migration

"In the face of growing intolerances. The Alliance of Civilizations", by Kofi Annan in Le Monde diplomatique, February 2007 (French version)


Migration and building inclusive societies

"The Age of Mobility: Can we make migration work for all?", by Peter Sutherland in Global Policy Journal, November 2008


 Useful links

  • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
  • Global Migration Group
  • Migration and Integration: Building Inclusive Societies
  • Global Commission on International Migration
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development