Baku, April 26, AZERTAC
The session was moderated by Mustapha Tlili, Senior Adviser to the High Representative for the UNAOC. Its key points of discussion included How can we realistically achieve, through education in all its various forms, a common sense of belonging to a shared system?; and, In a divided world, what are the interests that we all share and that could serve as building blocks for a new global citizenship education?
Dominique de Villepin, former French prime minister and former minister of foreign affairs, highlighted the role of the United Nations (and particularly the institution of Secretary General) as an instrument of truth and justice.
Jeffrey Haynes, professor of politics, London Metropolitan University, spoke of negotiating accommodation inside nations - the role of governments and
civil society institutions.
Abdelmajid Charfi, president of the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (Beitalhikma), explored how can formal education prepare young citizens to live and work together to achieve a common future.
Philippe Alfonsi, French journalist and television producer, emphasized the role of digital communications as the new equalizer.
Antoine Gallimard, French publisher, spoke of literature’s role in the formation of inclusive communities.