The World awaits Qatar’s Alliance of Civilizations

July 2, 2014 1:47 am

Qatar Chronicle MIA

Doha/ 1st July 2014/ Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilizations has organized the first meeting of the coordinators of the plan of the State of Qatar for the Alliance of Civilizations in the presence of representatives of 14 governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with the implementation of the plan.

The meeting began with a welcome speech delivered by HE Vice President of the Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations Ambassador Dr. Hassan bin Ibrahim Al Mohannadi in which he thanked all those involved in the implementation of the plan and their keenness to cooperate with the Committee in the implementation of the state’s plan for the alliance.

After that, HE the Vice President of the Committee for Alliance of Civilizations gave a presentation in which he referred to the emergence of the Alliance of Civilizations as a system within the framework of the United Nations and the goals it seeks to achieve in light of the tensions taking place in the world and explained the objectives of the Alliance of Civilizations represented in education, youth, immigration and media.

 

He also noted to the Qatari participations in the five previous coalition forums from Madrid to Vienna, as well as the position occupied by the State of Qatar in the Alliance of Civilizations as HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser was chosen a member of the High Level Group for the Alliance which includes 20 global figures of political and religious leaders and leaders of international organizations and bodies, adding that HE Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser also assumed the post of UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

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HE Ambassador Dr. Hassan bin Ibrahim Al Mohannadi referred to Qatar’s organization of the 3rd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations which was attended by more than 2500 figures from more than 130 states.
In furtherance of this keenness, the Council of Ministers issued decision No. (8) of 2010 to establish the National Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations which works to strengthen the role of the State of Qatar in highlighting the contribution of the Islamic civilization along with other civilizations in human progress and its role in promoting dialogue and resolving conflicts and disputes.

HE the Vice President of the National Committee for Alliance of Civilizations pointed to the role that played by the Committee in preparing the first plan of the State of Qatar of the Alliance of Civilizations which was presented at the 3rd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, held in Istanbul in 2009.

HE the Vice President of the Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations Ambassador Dr. Hassan bin Ibrahim Al Mohannadi reviewed the contents of the plan and its objectives, represented by the following: In the field of education:

The 1st objective: Add the subject of the Alliance of Civilizations in undergraduate courses and include the foundations and concepts of the Alliance of Civilizations in the curriculum in various stages of education.

The 2nd objective: Develop media awareness of young people to combat misconceptions, misunderstandings and hatred through the adoption of media literacy programs.

The 3rd objective: Establish university chairs dedicated to promoting the principles of civilizations dialogue and instilling the values of justice and peace.

The 4th objective: Spread the culture of dialogue, tolerance, peace and democracy among students at various stages of education.

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In the field of youth: The 1st objective: Engage in the Global Youth Movement for the Alliance which was established in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2011.

The 2nd objective: Spread the culture of debates among young people in order to develop a culture of dialogue and a culture of difference with the other and accept the opinions of others.

The 3rd objective: Hold cultural week to bring together the world’s youth to exchange dialogue and learn about different cultures.

In the field of migration: The 1st objective: Work on effective enforcement of legislation relating to the rights of workers and compel employers to comply with the laws and regulations that guarantee those rights.

The 2nd objective: Expand activities aimed at introducing different cultures and enhance communication and intermingling of cultures.

The 3rd objective: Enhance the knowledge of immigrants of different nationalities of the Arab-Islamic culture and the Qatari customs and traditions.

The 4th objective: Expand the activities of the various charities and civil society organizations in supporting immigrants from both the physical or spiritual aspects.

In the field of media: The 1st objective: Support, produce and publish media materials that help in promoting understanding between cultures.

The 2nd objective: Ensure journalists’ commitment to professional codes of ethics and the application of international standards relating to them.

The 3rd objective: Promote journalists’ knowledge of pressing issues, especially Arab and Islamic issues and enhance their ability to provide the public with accurate information.

The 4th objective: Produce media materials aimed at improving attitudes of the general public from different cultures.

 

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  1. Abdul Haleem July 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM - Reply

    It is commendable what Qatar wishes to accomplish. The task for the alliance to promote awareness of the Islamic world is both admirable and commendable. It is a great feat. However there are some serious challenges ahead.

    First the western media is driven on multiple layers of political agendas. Which is currently promoting a very bad view of the Islamic world.

    Second, There are lobbyists fighting to keep Al Jazeera from entering main stream in the United States, and any effort we put to combat this image are gone in vain when western media focuses primarily on the few bad apples.

    What has changed? Tourism.

    The tourists that visit Dubai, from the west, have a change of heart in their view of the Islamic world. It’s not just the tall sky scrapers, it’s the experience, the open and welcoming nature of Dubai that is so mesmerizing

    I see many westerners that visit Israel for religious purposes, and the trip not only connects them in a spiritual manner, like Mecca does for Muslims, it provides the visitors a connection with their first hand experience. Which not only makes them want to return in the future, but also bring with them their families to continue building the connections which has greatly benefited those adopting this open policy.

    Tourists that have a greater experience not only help contribute to the economy , they also go back with a personal experience that goes beyond what one sees or hears in the media.

    I am excited to read what Qatar is accomplishing and one day hope to see home once again. May Allah bless all of us.

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