The Alliance of Civilizations, launched in 2005 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations with the co-sponsorship of Spain and Turkey, is aimed at building bridges between societies, promoting dialogue, understanding and cooperation, and forging the collective political will to address the world’s imbalances. The Alliance of Civilizations, as a political initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, is supported by a Group of Friends made up by more than a hundred members, comprising countries and international organizations. Furthermore, the Alliance relies upon a wide network of partners and partnerships with cities, civil society organizations, corporations, foundations, universities, faith-led organizations etc.

The Alliance responds to a broad consensus across nations, cultures, religions and non religious convictions that all societies are bound together in their humanity and interdependent in their quest for stability, prosperity and peaceful coexistence. The Alliance seeks to address rifts between societies and communities by promoting pluralism and diversity management as essential factors for good governance, based on mutual respect among people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and on helping to mobilize concerted action towards this end. This effort reflects the will of the vast majority of people to reject extremism in any society and support respect for diversity, be it ethnic, religious, cultural or other.

Moreover, by recognizing that pluralism and diversity management are essential for good governance and sustainable human development, the main purpose of the Alliance is to create an environment – at local, national, regional and global levels alike - that stands firm on the common framework of principles and values expressed in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 as well as in the Constitution of UNESCO, the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001) and in other relevant normative and legal instruments, decisions and recommendations.

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