The Task Force "Dialogue of Cultures" wishes a happy New Year 2018!

International photo and article contest

"Baku Process- contribution to the Global Multiculturalism”

  • no more than 3 page article on the topic of the contest
  • photos should be no larger than 20 MB at the time of entry
  • Entries may have any format – including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, colour transparencies, colourr prints, or black and white prints – as long as they are submitted electronically in a JPEG, JPG or PNG format
  • Deadline: September 1, 2016

Photos and articles should be submitted to the following email address:

Email: bakuprocess.contest(at)

In the face of the year 2016 being named the „Year of Multiculturalism“ by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan is announcing an international photo and article contest dedicated to the Baku Process – „Baku Process- contribution to the Global Multiculturalism“.

Winners of the contest, namely 1st, 2nd and 3rd place holders will be invited to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan on a 5 day trip, fully covered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to be awarded with certificates and prizes.

Tel: +994124930233

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UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

UNESCO calls for candidatures for the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Established in 1998 and endowed by the government of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), this Prize has been awarded since 2001 and is at its 14th edition.  The purpose of the prize is to reward qualified candidates for their literary, scientific or artistic achievements, as well as for their global outreach devoted to promoting Arab culture and its worldwide dissemination – independent of any religious considerations. Nominations for the Prize should be submitted no later than 15 September 2016.

Information on the application:

Expert’s discussion: “The role of religion and dialogue in preventing violent extremism”

The Task Force “Dialogue of Cultures” of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Salzburg Global Seminar invites to an expert’s discussion entitled

“The role of religion and dialogue in preventing violent extremism”

on 20th April, 10-12am, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur,

Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien

 The following experts will be present:

·         Dr. Kamal Boraiqa Abdelsalam Hassan, Representative of Al Azhar University

·         Dr. Mohand Ouadir Mechnan, Representative of Algerian Ministry for Religious Affairs

·         Father Nabeel Haddad, Representative of Jordanian Government for interreligious dialogue

moderated by Dr. Charles E. Ehrlich, Salzburg Global Seminar

The UN Secretary General has presented a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/674), in which he underlines that regional and international actors bear a particular responsibility for assisting countries in strife in returning to peace.  The recommendations in the Plan of Action identify actions that can be taken also at the regional level, and underline the role of dialogue also in the security field.

Religious harmony as well as interreligious dialogue are important values to protect in the current diverse and globalising context. Over the past two decades, the international community has sought to address violent extremism primarily within the context of security-based counter-terrorism measures. However, with the emergence of a new generation of groups, there is a growing international consensus that such counter-terrorism measures have not been sufficient to prevent the spread of violent extremism. There is a need to take a more comprehensive approach.

The three experts are present on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group for an event on 19th April.

Please register at dialog(at)


Jewish-Muslim Journey of Encounters now part of the OSCE Quilt

For the first time, the OSCE will dedicate its annual session of the Security Days, to be held on 21/22 May 2015 in Vienna, to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. This is a strong sign that dialogue as a soft power tool is better understood and increasingly relevant to security.

You are cordially invited to share your thoughts and ideas on how security and dialogue interlink on the OSCE Electronic Canvas, called “Quilt”. You will find an entry of the Task Force on the Dialogue of Cultures of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs to kick off the discussion.