UNAOC and UNESCO
In 2005, in what was to be one of his last major acts as Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan announced the creation of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, the UNAOC. To send out a message of what the UNAOC stood for, Annan chose to deliver his address overlooking a bridge over the Bosphorus in Turkey, a bridge that connected Europe to Asia, and connected cultures.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative proposed by the Prime Minister of the Government of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, at the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2005. It was co-sponsored by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The initiative seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The Alliance places a particular emphasis on defusing tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds.
The UNAOC identified Connecting Cultures as one of the world’s leading civil society initiatives, and we have been involved in several UNAOC global forums, presenting at workshops in Madrid and Istanbul.