Successful execution of the workshop on intercultural dialogue

slovenia3The United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) hosted the workshop “Intercultural Dialogue”, led by our volunteer Ana Podgornik. Participants were offered an insight into the main characteristics and challenges of intercultural dialogue, as well as the issue of intercultural conflicts.

Members of UNAS decided that a workshop on intercultural dialogue is to commemorate the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The 67th UN General Assembly, under the initiative of Kazakhstan’s proposal, confirmed that the period between 2013 and 2022 is dedicated to rapprochement of cultures.

The organizers of the workshop were extremely pleased to see such good participation. Through debates and simulations, participants first got familiar with the term “culture”, followed by a discussion on intercultural misunderstanding and the reasons for it. Special attention was paid to the media which has been one of the main reasons for intercultural misunderstanding. The last part of the workshop was dedicated to the simulation of intercultural conflicts and to the debate on the main values of intercultural dialogue.

The debate was enriched with individual stories of our participants and they shared their personal experiences of their contacts with people from other cultures. Participants were majorly pleased with the workshop and acclaimed the possibility of UNAS social events also being open to outside participants.

In 2014, UNAS will also conduct workshops on Intercultural Dialogue at primary and secondary schools in Slovenia, with the support and cooperation of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. There we hope to see good responses as well.

Prepared by: Ana Podgornik

Translated by: Maja Drča

Edited: Spurthy Akshar

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About Pau Petit

Born in Barcelona. European Citizen of the World. President of UNYANET 2016-2017. Former PR Officer and former Chair of the Fundraising Experts Commission of UNYANET. Member of UN Association of Spain - Youth Section and representative to the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) from 2010 till 2014. During this time he has been a very active MUNer going through all possible positions in the MUN world in several conferences around the globe. Also, as a proud GMUNer, Pau has met Ban Ki-Moon twice along his MUN circuit. Currently he is studying in Geneva his master’s in European Studies, specializing in economic and foreign policy of the European Union. Moreover, he has completed different internships and volunteering programs i.e. with UNESCO, UNYANET, ICTSD, among others, where he has also learnt about altruism and philanthropy. Furthermore, as an avid sportsman, Pau enjoys every possible sport on Earth and together with his former team won the basketball league of Catalonia. Finally, Pau is firmly committed with human rights of people with disabilities and believes that education and sports can play a key role in building trust and peace in post-conflict societies. His dream is world peace.

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