Intarnational Group of Friends

The Group of Friends consists of governments and multilateral organizations that support the efforts of the Alliance of Civilizations to counter the rise of extremism and polarization.

The Secretariat staff regularly brief members of the Group of Friends through their permanent missions at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  On 13 September 2007, President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative of the Alliance, held a meeting with Ambassadors of the Group of Friends.  During the meeting, President Sampaio urged action from the Group of Friends on a number of fronts, specifically:

  • That Member States create or strengthen national strategies for cross-cultural dialogue in the areas of media, youth, education and migration. Collaborating closely to achieve the AoC Implementation Plan, particularly two main projects – the online Clearinghouse and the Rapid Response Media Mechanism (RRMM) –  would demonstrate the leadership of Member States in implementing the recommendations put forward in the HLG report at national, regional and local level.
  • That international organizations create a “Chart for partnering with the Alliance” and outline expected results. The aim is to mobilize international and regional organizations around the world that can play an important role in bridging divides and promoting cross-cultural dialogue among partners and within member countries.
  • That countries and international organizations and bodies appoint a focal point for internal coordination and implementation of the Chart as well as for liaison purposes with the AoC Secretariat.

AoC Group of Friends Members

The members of the AoC Group of FriendsThe Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends community is vital to the AoC’s implementation process. The Group of Friends consists of representatives of States, UN agencies, and other international organizations and bodies that have demonstrated active interest in and support of the Alliance.


The members of the AoC Group of Friends are:



Afghanistan
Albania
ALECSO
Algeria
Arab League
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
 Belarus
Belgium
 Bolivia
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Bulgaria
Canada

Cape Verde
Chile
China
 Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP)
Costa Rica
Council of Europe
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia

Ethiopia
European Commission
Finland
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
France
La Francophonie
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
 Guinèa-Bissau
Hungary
India
Indonesia
International Labour Organization (ILO)
 International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Iran
IRCICA
Ireland
ISESCO
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kingdom of Bahrain
Korea
Kuwait
 
Latvia
 Lebanon
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Mexico
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Organization of American States (OAS)
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
OSCE
Pakistan
 Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Angola
Republic of Congo
Republic of the Sudan
Romania
Russian Federation
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
SEGIB
Senegal
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Suriname
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tanzania
Thailand

Timor-Leste
Tunisia
Turkey
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Ukraine
UNESCO
UNHCR
Union Latine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Yemen
 
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