Unity in Diversity - A Planetary Citizens Assembly
Rapid globalization is not only an process which could offer great of preserving and celebrating the rich intellectual and cultural diversity of civilizations. Today, we have more internal and international migration than ever before. People of different cultures and religions are at every step of the way, beginning to create a true Unity in Diversity. The upside is many new opportunities are created. But the downside is that the process is unorganised and is creating an enormous amount of tension and overstrained societies. With the United Nations including goal #16 in the Sustainable Development Goals - 2030 Agenda, which is: Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development, this issue of intercultural and interreligious tension which affects ordinary people in major cities and in local communities all over the world, will ideally gain a great deal of more support along and resources. According to UN statistics, 75% of the dimension. It seems that despite all the efforts, the numbers of violent attacks are increasing. In as much as the problem is complex and a major concern for global peace and security, what is encouraging is the growing civil society movement alongside the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in which intercultural dialogue and building inclusive societies are at the heart of the mission. It can be seen that in areas where there is no dialogue, and no understanding of each other’s insecurities, there is with Governments and Religion, as three basic pillars of the new world its pathways for collaboration and progress, will build trust which is the basis for respect and living as good neighbors. To address this topic of partnership development: 5 years ago, Global Dialogue Foundation began working with the Alliance of Civilizations and many partners to deliver the inaugural Unity in Diversity Forum in Australia. Many events and gatherings have followed; in India, China, Azerbaijan, Qatar, and in particular New York. The goal is to build Unity in Diversity - World Civil Society, as a global or planetary assembly of citizens representing every culture, ethnicity and civilization, forming a multisectoral approach to building capacity in communities, together in partnership with local, state, federal governments and international institutions. The UN welcomes the endeavors of Governments, international organizations, private sector, civil society organizations and countless individuals to enhance understanding through constructive dialogue among civilizations. So, this presents a remarkable opportunity for organisations in Pakistan to engage bring forward and showcase innovative projects. Currently Unity in Diversity - World Citizen’s Assembly is led by a
representing 19 countries Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It is supported and guided by a
Consortium - Global Consultative Advisory Body,
which has a registered membership from over 45 countries, and growing. So we have here a practical example, of collaboration: At global: with the Alliance of Civilizations - as a peak global body at the UN. Also, recent association with UNDPI, for which we would like to encourage NGO’s to become members, and many other internationally represented organizations. In local communities, the project brings leaders from different cultures other, overcome barriers and explore long-term and continuous process, its redoubling efforts with joint-projects, overcoming stereotypes and building mutual understanding. But overall, meeting the needs of people particularly those under pressure due to cultural, racial and ethnic diversity and helping all better contribute and integrate with mainstream society. The foundation is laid and what is required now, is to continue this noble process and realize this extraordinary vision we each share at some level, for a world order based on support for each other, care, compassion, respect, love and service – fundamentals for building trust, and living as good neighbors, locally and globally. For Pakistan, it is expected that this initiative will connect ordinary people - citizens, with organizations associated with the UN and create opportunities for grassroots organizations to engage with and contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Members of Unity in Diversity in Pakistan are reputable organizations and have formed the country’s nucleus to represent civil society partnership building globally, and coming together to build stronger communities.
The writer is C.E.O & DirectorGeneral and co-founder of Global Dialogue Foundation-Unity in