Intercultural Dialogue; a call towards a foundation of Understanding and Tolerance

In line with the commemoration of ‘2018 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development; a total of 145 International officials gathered to hold a dialogue on the agenda of peace and development at UN Headquarters.

The conference aimed to reinforce international cooperation and ensure intercultural dialogue as a foundation for the effective exercise of universal human rights, responding to the necessity of the measure for integrating cultural diversity into development frameworks and policies.

The event that took place last week, saw several heads of social organizations, religious leaders, women groups, youth, and media.

According to Francisco Alberto Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Colombia, recognizing opportunities and dialogues is a crucial move for peace and stable development.

“My countries have gone through one of the longest armed conflicts in our hemisphere. Two Colombias, one with a strong state presence, and another with a series of inequalities and no opportunities. That is why recognizing our opportunities and dialogues are needed. We- a very diverse country- know by experience that disarmament is not enough to create peace. We must not underestimate the need for peace and stable development.”

His remarks were echoed by Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Austria, who said that Intercultural dialogue was necessary to bring peace and development. He added that Media and education programs, with the help from religious and political leaders, would make positive influences on humankind.

Attended as a special invitee, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, an international peace NGO, urged for the cooperation and support of the officials of the UN in ensuring sustainable peace through the implementation of the international law for peace, saying, "I’ve visited all around the world and had a number of agreements with the former and current presidents, the chief justices, and members of the National Assembly to end the war together. All leaders in each country should sign the agreement for the international law to achieve peace if they love the country and the people. To do this, the United Nations must work together to accomplish the task of peace with its spirit of peace at its inception."