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UN Alliance of Civilizations
Reporting by Maja Pecanac
The Global Youth Connect Human Rights in the USA participants visited the UN Alliance of Civilizations on June 29, 2012. The group was welcomed by the Director of UNAOC, Marc Scheuer, who interviewed the delegates about their perceptions of Human Rights Learning and its importance. Ms. Sanja Kuljanin, Third Secretary of the UNAOC, appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, briefly presented information on the work of UNAOC in South-East Europe, emphasizing the importance of regional dialogue in this part of the Europe. She also noted that the first regional meeting of UNAOC took place in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), in December 2009, followed by the Action Plan in 2010. Furthermore, she stated that all the member countries are strongly devoted to the development of the Alliance. Ms. Kuljanin also stressed out the importance and the role of media in shaping public opinion in society. Some of the difficulties encountered by the Alliance are definitely resources, she added. Nonetheless, the main objective of the Alliance is to change the situation of communities and citizens on the ground. The second part of the meeting was followed by the brief presentations on the Intercultural Innovation Award and Plural Plus Video Festival taking place every year . This year, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion. Meeting was followed by the discussion between GYC delegates and members of the UNAOC. Visiting participant of the Global Youth Connect shared experiences from their countries and and stressed that the existence of such an organization as the UNAOC is very much necessary and commendable.