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|I would like to propose, in the
name of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that the United Nations, as a first
step, designate the year 2001 as the "Year of Dialogue among Civilizations."
Excerpt from President Khatami's Address to the United Nations,
Sept. 21, 1998
In response to the proposal made by
the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Nations' General
2001 as the year of Dialogue Among
Civilizations. The Iranian
government subsequently founded the
International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations (ICDAC) in February
ICDAC is primarily an organization
to promote the concept of a global structure based on mutual understanding
and tolerance. To achieve that goal, the Centre sets forth its mission
To promote dialogue among civilizations
and cultures on an international scale as a means of advancing the interpretation
of the UN Charter and of improving human well-being.
To promote and expand the culture of dialogue
at the national level.
To promote the culture of peace in order
to foster peaceful coexistence and prevent human rights violations.
To help establish and broaden the international
civil society through cultural interaction among nations.
To strengthen spiritual, moral and religious
To conduct research on the significance
and possible interpretations of Dialogue Among Civilizations and to release
the findings nationally and internationally