Unity in Di­ver­sity - A Plan­e­tary Cit­i­zens As­sem­bly

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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


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