Contributing to global trust-building and peaceful co-existence through intercultural and interreligious dialogue initiatives marks one of three central goals of Austrian foreign cultural policy. This objective is further underlined in the Strategy Report of the Federal Government 2013-2016, which defines the necessity for intercultural and interreligious dialogue as a major challenge for the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Austrian Embassies.
We are called to promote not only a dialogue of cultures, but also a culture of dialogue.
Dialogue is a tool which enables one to view the other as a valid dialogue partner. Dialogue is to be privileged as a form of encounter and a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a responsive and inclusive society.