17:35International Conference "Millennium Goals of Culture?" 16th-17th October 2008
Humanity has few respected spokesmen, no universal leadership, no payroll, no budget and no army, and its main forum, the United Nations, is seldom united - Nina Witoszek-Fitzpatrick
The conference will be an attempt at presenting the activities of international institutions responsible for the introduction of the Millennium Goals, and shall define the scope and methods of work of the international community, enter the debate on the conflict between culture and law, and eventually present initiatives in support of the Millennium Goals and dialogue between cultures.
The Millennium Development Goals established and agreed at the United Nations Summit in 2000 are an attempt at a joint and in a sense universal solution of the problems that the world is facing, namely: hunger and extreme poverty, lack of universal education at primary level, gender equality and women empowerment, high child mortality, contagious diseases, and lack of protection of the natural environment. This millennial story is based on confidence that civilizations are by their very nature able to mobilize self-correcting mechanisms, to produce anti-bodies to fight the deleterious effects of their own growth. It makes the implementation of the Development Goals a challenge of a comprehensive type both in political and economic matters, and in civilisational and humanist dimensions. Although successful completion of the Goals is significantly dependent on the determination and the political will of governments and institutions - the ones offering support and the ones receiving it - such a success is not limited solely to the vast financial outlay of the international community but includes also broadly understood cultural factors. As any activity or action addressed to the international community, this daring project should include a cultural component, as it is culture - being the product resultant of the internal ties within communities, and the communities' relationships with the outside world - that is the vehicle of historical memory and these values and future aspirations that to a great degree determine the efficiency of undertaken actions.
1st Session - A Humanistic Dimension of the UN Millennium Development Goals
2nd Session - Limits and Deficiencies of International Solidarity
17th October 2008
3rd Session - Tolerance versus Humanism
4th Session - Synergic Models of thought and action
Presentation of a film on Sergio Vieira de Mello Laureates
British Council workshops Intercultural navigators for NGO representatives
Stowarzyszenie Willa Decjusza