Convened at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and co-chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Partners Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has been a major success.
70 countries, 15 international organizations, and a significant number of corporations, foundations, and NGOs took part in the forum, affirming the Alliance’s position as a global platform for cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation at a time of growing global interdependence.
More than half of those present pledged new support for the Alliance’s work—both financial and in-kind, thereby enabling the Alliance to better plan its future activities and consolidate existing projects. Additionally, participants discussed a wide range of topics relevant to the mandate of the Alliance, including commonly shared values essential for co-existence, cities and diversifying local governance, and the role of the private sector in supporting cross-cultural activities.
“This forum helped expand the range of partners who recognize the significance of the Alliance,” said Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the UNAOC and former president of Portugal.
“Turkey remains steadfast in its commitment to the values and the work of Alliance, and we are very pleased with the outcomes of this forum,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Beşir Atalay.
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