Alliance of Civilizations forum to take place in Spain in January

The First Annual Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations will take place in Spanish capital of Madrid on January 15th-16th, 2008.

Alliance of Civilizations forum to take place in Spain in January
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero are co-chairing the initiative conducted under the auspices of the United Nations (UN).

"Zapatero and Erdogan will make public their national projects within the scope of the forum," Bernardino Leon, Spanish secretary of state for foreign affairs, told reporters on Tuesday.

Leon said Turkey can have significant contributions to the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative.

According to Leon, two important projects will be made public. They are "rapid response media mechanism" and "information center of Alliance of Civilizations."

The "rapid response media mechanism will consist of experts on international culture and will give advice to media groups during international crises.

The information center will serve as an internet-based education medium that aims to improve mutual understanding among cultures as far as multilateral matters are concerned.

In general, the first forum will focus on media and youth. Participants will present projects and opinions that will further improve understanding among cultures.

Erdogan, Zapatero, Jorge Sampaio, the high representative for the alliance, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will make opening remarks at the forum in which 67 countries and 11 international organizations will be represented.

Meanwhile, Leon said the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been invited but have not yet responded positively.

Turkey will host the second forum in 2009.

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