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Alliance of Civilizations

Launched in 2005 by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, along with the co-sponsorship of the Spanish and Turkish governments, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) promotes cross-cultural understanding and reconciliation, especially between Muslim and Western societies. The alliance seeks to root out prevailing misconceptions about religious belief and reduce polarization, offering a better understanding of problems and enabling effective action to address them. Its strategic focus emphasizes work related to immigration, media, youth, and education, as well as sport and entertainment, drawing from the insights of the Alliance High Level Group’s December 2006 report, which set out recommendations to encourage intercultural and interreligious understanding. UNAOC also hosts a yearly global forum.

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