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International 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.


16th October

Opening lecture
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General*

1st Session - A Humanistic Dimension of the UN Millennium Development Goals
From policy statements to practice and capacity
Development traps
International institutions for humanity
Anastasia Crickley, OSCE Chairman-in-Office's Personal Representative on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination*
Tom Königs, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Afghanistan
Hywel Ceri Jones, former Chairman of the European Policy Centre
Anne Willem Bijleveld, Chairman of the Board of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation
Representative of the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights*
Chair: Ryszard Sznepf, Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2nd Session - Limits and Deficiencies of International Solidarity
From humanistic challenge to economy-driven policy
The price of relative peace
Missions impossible and continental failures
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, former UN Special Envoy to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lt. Gen. Mieczysław Bieniek, adviser to the Polish Minister of National Defence*
Prof. Michael Daxner, University of Berlin
Representative of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation*
Alaxandr Milinkievich, leader of the united democratic forces of Belarus
Chair: Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs *

17th October 2008

3rd Session - Tolerance versus Humanism
The paradox of diversity
Culture and conflict
Law versus culture
Prof. Unni Wikan, Oslo University
Prof. Fredrik Barth, Boston University
Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature*
Prof. Üstün Ergüder, Istanbul Policy Center*
Chair: Dr Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh, independent cultural adviser

4th Session - Synergic Models of thought and action
Alliance of civilisations or is UN still needed?
Intercultural navigators
Partnerships and cumulative effects of joined actions
Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security*
Jan Kavan, former President of the 57th session of the UN General Assembly*
Bogusław Sonik, Member of the European Parliament
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations*
Tony O'Brien, Director of the British Council in Poland
Chair: Dr Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, Polish Open University's Eastern Centre

Special Event:

Presentation of a film on Sergio Vieira de Mello Laureates
Ceremony of presenting the Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize - 5th edition
Accompanying events:

British Council workshops Intercultural navigators for NGO representatives
Film documents by war correspondent Marcin Mamoń
* Waiting for confirmation

Project manager
Katarzyna Kopeć


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