Next week marks the 5th UNAOC Global Forum, taking place in Vienna, Austria from February 27-28.
The forum, which convenes decision-makers, experts and a variety of stakeholders in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, will focus on how responsible leadership can make a difference in the following three major areas:
- Promotion, protection and full enjoyment of the right to religious freedom in a context of religious pluralism which consists not only of greater diversity, but of perceptions of that diversity and new patterns of interaction among religious groups
- Media pluralism and diversity of media content and their contribution to fostering public debate, democracy and awareness of diverse opinions
- Shaping a new narrative for migration, integration and mobility in the global economy
The 5 finalist applications and games of the 2012 Create UNAOC Challenge will be presented at the closing ceremony.
To recap, this year’s finalists were:
- Ibn Battuta’s App (Spain) — Follow in the footsteps of famed Moroccan scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta to learn about the Arab Muslim world.
- Touchable Earth (New Zealand) — Explore the the sights and cultures of different countries with this interactive world book presented by children from around the world.
- Get Water! (Canada) — Take on the role of Maya, who must collect water for her community in this mobile game, and learn about today’s global water challenges.
- Sanskar (India) — Understand different traditions with this interactive game and database that users from around the world can contribute to.
- Reality (United States) — Pursue news stories as a freelance reporter in this game that aims to raise awareness of media bias and promote critical thinking about what we read.
For now, we encourage you to watch the promo video produced by the Learning Games Network as a sampling of our competition’s diverse submissions.
Read more about the finalists and download their apps here. Don’t forget to check back in the coming weeks and months as downloads of completed submissions come online!