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Unity in Diversity Events


Unity in Diversity Events aim to bring UNAOC's vision and mission to grassroots communities and open new pathways for increased understanding and collaboration among peoples and cultures.  

Some benefits of Unity in Diversity Events include:

  • engage community leaders in the global intercultural discussion
  • identify innovative grassroots solutions that can be scaled up and replicated
  • help shape policy
  • share best practices; reduce duplication

Timeline of Events

In collaboration with UN Alliance of Civilizations

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

31 May 2010
GDF forms partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations.
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Melbourne, Australia

10-12 October 2010
The inaugural Unity in Diversity Forum under the auspices of UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Press releases: 1, 2, 3, 4,

Shanghai, China

22 October 2010
GDF participates in panel discussion at Shanghai Expo on Cultural Dialogue and Cultural Diversity To Achieve Peace and Development.

Kerala, India

6-8 February 2011
The second session of the 'Unity in Diversity Forum' takes place in India. 
Press releases: 1, 2, 3, 4,

Baku, Azerbaijain

11 April 2011
GDF's Unity in Diversity highlighted as a practical solution at World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

Doha, Qatar

11 May 2011
Unity in Diversity: An Innovative Project at the UN Alliance of Civilizations Pre-Forum in Doha

Mumbai, India

3 August 2011
"Doing Business in a Multicultural World" - The Inaugural Lecture of the UNAOC Series held by Centre for Management
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We've loved every minute of our journey

Melbourne, Australia 

6 October 2011

OPEN FORUM: GDF gives decisive contribution to launching UNAOC Civil Society Chapter in Australia 

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Visit library: Video  I  Photo

Speech: UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, President  Jorge Sampaio: transcript_pdf
Speech: President, Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria Mr. Vasan Srinivasan: transcript_pdf

Melbourne, Australia

8 November 2011


Doha, Qatar

24 December 2011
Global Dialogue Foundation Partners with UNAOC on the creation of a UNAOC civil society movement: Learning from the Australian and Indian experiences.

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Yaounde, Cameroon

21 February 2012
Unity in Diversity makes its start in Cameroon, Africa

Melbourne, Australia

22 August 2012 
Members of the UNAOC Civil Society of Australia, partners and guests, celebrate India's Independence at Multi Cultural Gala Dinner in Melbourne.
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Coimbra, Portugal

1 September 2012
GDF Unity in Diversity representative attends 3rd annual United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Summer School youth conference. 
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Vienna, Austria

10 March 2013
A conversation with new UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on replicating civil society country chapters that work alongside or under the umbrella of the UNAOC.
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Baku, Azerbaijan

June 1, 2013
At the 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, GDF together with the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the Government of Azerbaijan and Civil Society champions from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, India, Macedonia, Nigeria, Romania met for a consultative meeting with the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser to discuss the creation of Civil Society Country Chapters for the Alliance of Civilizations.

United Nations, New York

21-22 February 2014
Two-day meeting held in the Trusteeship Council at the UN - the official launch of Unity in Diversity – world Civil Society, an autonomous and inclusive assembly of civil society organizations focusing on implementable and achievable projects that contribute to the mission of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, and strengthens collaboration at country, continental and global levels.
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Washington D.C. 

19 April 2014
“Unity in Diversity - World Civil Society”, presented as part of “Trendsetters” at the Global Donors Forum in Washington DC, bringing East and West together in a rich program to better understand the intricacies of philanthropy.

United Nations, New York

28 August 2014
Unity in Diversity - Workshop at the UN DPI / NGO Conference, on bringing all civil society together on one major platform and coordinating cooperation at local, regional and global levels. 
Read More (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7),

Baku, Azerbaijan

17-18 May 2015
GDF presents on Dialogue as Global Trust Building Shaping Common Global Agenda, 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue.

Belgrade, Serbia

27-31 July 2015
Representatives from 30 countries participated in the World Symposium, Unity in Diversity-World Civil Society.

United Nations, New York

25-27 August 2015
Unity in Diversity-World Civil Society at Roundtable..., “It is timely now to move further forward with establishing a planetary Citizens Assembly connected with the United Nations, as the mechanism to facilitate the continuous collaboration required among civil society and the UN going forward.”

Mumbai, India

14-16 March 2016
Unity in Diversity-World Civil Society, launches in India. Presentation by UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Delivered by Dr. Hanifa Mezoui)
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Various press releases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Baku, Azerbaijan

7 May 2016 
MoU signed with UN Alliance of Civilizations - towards the nucleus of a planetary citizens assembly.

Sofia, Bulgaria

16 June 2015
The first common meeting of the Bulgarian Country Chapter of Unity in Diversity - World Civil Society takes place 
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Mumbai, India

26 November 2016
UN International Tolerance Day celebrated by the Unity in Diversity Citizen's Assembly in India

Russian Federation

22 November 2016
Celebrating the UN International Day for Tolerance.
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Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society Serbia Launch, 25-27 July 2017

The Danube Peace Boat and Unity in Diversity-World Civil Society Serbia event opened in the city
of Novi Sad – the third largest city next to Belgrade... Read more

Charity Dinner: Supporting Unity in Diversity at the Global Speakers Summit

The National Speakers Association of New Zealand organized a charity dinner in support of GDF Unity in Diversity during a professional speakers and thought leaders summit from over 20 countries, 23-26 February 2018 in Auckland. Visit website

The Vision of United Civilizations:  GDF Workshop at UN DPI/NGO Conference, New York

During the 67th UN NGO/DPI Conference, GDF representatives from Germany, Australia, U.S.A and India, presented a workshop on the vision of “United Civilizations - UC”.. Read more