UN Alliance of Civilizations
Since its inception, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has become a leading United Nations platform for intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation. It has connected governments, lawmakers, local authorities, civil society organizations, the media, and individuals devoted to promoting understanding across diverse communities. UNAOC features programming in the areas of Education, Youth, Migration and Media. Many programmes engage more than one area.
In May 2017, KAICIID and UNAOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the enhancement of peace through the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue (IRD/ICD). As partners, KAICIID and UNAOC jointly coordinate and pursue initiatives that improve relations among peoples of different cultures and religions to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their work in fostering a culture of peace and contributing towards sustainable development. This Memorandum of Understanding was renewed in October 2020, with a focus on joint programmes to promote the significant potential of faith-based organizations, youth, women and media in interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
In July 2018, UNAOC and KAICIID brought together, at the New York UN Headquarters, key experts in e-learning and IRD/ICD to present tools and good practices used to share knowledge in this field. In 2019,KAICIID joined UNAOC’s ‘Group of Friends’ and supported the development of the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, developed by UNAOC and launched by UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. António Guterres.
In October 2020, KAICIID and UNAOC partnered with the G20 Interfaith Forum Association and the National Committee for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in organizing the 7th annual G20 Interfaith Forum.
KAICIID and UNAOC acknowledge that promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue and creating platforms conducive thereto are essential steps to building sustainable peace and fostering mutual understanding and respect.