In the framework of the UN COP-21, the Anna Lindh Foundation is co-organising the event “Intercultural Dialogue and Enhanced Cooperation for a Sustainable Mediterranean”, to be held in Paris, France on the 15th of October 2015. This initiative, in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat and the Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM, will be hosted at the French National Assembly.

With this initiative, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the institutional bodies of the Union for the Mediterranean want to express their commitment to establish intercultural dialogue as a key element in the environmental challenges. The main objective of this initiative is to raise awareness of the important role of Intercultural Dialogue in facing Environmental Challenges (ICDEC).

Intercultural dialogue as a tool against environmental challenges

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), the Mediterranean region is very vulnerable to climate variability and extreme events. Environmental change threatens to cause regional instability, conflict and considerable human disruption, as a result of severe environmental degradation. Finding practical, workable and cost-efficient solutions to the problems posed by environmental challenges is now a major priority that links all countries across the Mediterranean.

Intercultural dialogue is a key instrument to bring people together, in an equitable and respectful way, for a better common future. It offers common working platforms to address widely shared concerns about environmental challenges in the Mediterranean. The partners of this initiative believe that transition measures that include intercultural dialogue should be a priority for community resilience in the Mediterranean area.

The role of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Environmental Challenges and their related vulnerabilities are strongly rooted in the overall ALF development context. The primary role of the Anna Lindh Foundation in this initiative is to lead on and participate in activities that facilitate and foster intercultural dialogue and negotiations on transitions to climate change adaptation and community resilience in the Mediterranean region. The ALF will also play an important role in supporting and promoting local traditional knowledge and skills as valuable and appropriate approaches for mitigation and adaptation activities in addressing environmental challenges.

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