WORKING VISIT OF YB DATO’ SRI ANIFAH AMAN TO THE SEVENTH GLOBAL FORUM OF THE UNITED NATIONS ALLIANCE OF CIVILISATIONS (UNAOC)

YB Dato Sri' Anifah Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, will lead Malaysia's delegation to the Seventh Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) that will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 25 to 27 April 2016. YB Foreign Minister's participation is at the invitation of H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations.

UNAOC was established in 2005 at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey. Its establishment is under the auspices of the United Nations and the objective of UNAOC is to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide and to counter forces that fuel exclusion, polarisation and extremism. Malaysia has been a member of the Group of Friends of the UNAOC since its establishment, and has participated in all UNAOC Global Forums and Group of Friends Meetings.

The 7th UNAOC Forum themed "Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal", will gather leaders, representatives of international and regional organisations, the private sector, civil society, academia, youth, arts and the media, as well as donor agencies and foundations to explore new ways of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and address global challenges such as violent extremism, religious intolerance and radicalisation. The Forum will consist of plenary panel discussions, break-out sessions, partners' exhibition, youth events, award ceremonies and networking sessions.

YB Foreign Minister will deliver a speech focusing on the theme of the Forum during the UNAOC Group of Friends Ministerial Meeting on 26 April 2016. Malaysia's participation at the Forum will provide the opportunity for us to contribute to the discussions and underscore Malaysia's role in promoting global peace and prosperity through advocating moderation as an approach to counter extremism in all its forms.

Among the main outcomes of the Forum are the adoption of the Baku Declaration on the imperative of Living Together in Inclusive Societies and the launching of the UNAOC Advisory Council.

The UNAOC, working in partnership with governments, international and regional organisations, civil society groups, foundations and the private sector, supports a range of projects and initiatives aimed at reducing cross-cultural tensions and building bridges among diverse communities. It focuses on four areas namely education, media, migration and youth. This coincides with Malaysia's objective on the promotion of moderation as a means to foster mutual understanding and respect between civilisations, beliefs and cultures.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia