The Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations held in Vienna

The delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by Chairman of the Senate, Kayrat Mami, took part in the 5th Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations, which was held in Vienna on 27-28 February.
The Global Forum is the largest event in the framework of the Alliance of Civilizations. The main theme of the forum is “Promoting responsible management within diversity and dialogue”.
The 5th Forum was attended by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, President of the UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, Austrian President, Heinz Fischer, Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, current and newly appointed senior representatives of the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio and Nasser Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and other respected representatives from the whole world.
In addition to participating in the activities within the basic program of the Forum.  Head of the Kazakh delegation held bilateral meetings. K.Mami also visited the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Centre of Inter-religious and Inter-cultural dialogue, where he met with Secretary General of the organization, Faisal bin Abdulrakhman bin Muammar. The Speaker of the Senate congratulated the interlocutor with the opening of the Centre and spoke about the activities of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. At the meeting the Parties discussed prospects of cooperation between the Secretariat of the Congress and the Centre named after King Abdullah.
The sectional events of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum were attended by the members of the Kazakh delegation: Senator, Adil Akhmetov, and Chairman of the Agency for Religious Affairs, Kayrat Lama Sharif.
The initiative developed by “Alliance of Civilizations” was launched in 2004 by Spain and Turkey and supported by the UN Secretary General. The aim of the initiative is to unite the efforts of the international community to prevent the deepening rift between the West and the Muslim world, overcoming prejudices and religious polarization between civilizations, encouraging governments to adopt appropriate measures for this purpose on a global basis.