Third Informal Thematic Debate
Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: obstacles and opportunities

United Nations General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa will convene on 10-11 May 2007, at UN Headquarters in New York, the third informal thematic debate of the Assembly, which will focus on "Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities."

The main objective of the debate is to explore the reasons behind the growing level of mistrust between people of different religions and cultures; and to examine how and why cultural and religious differences increasingly fuel, and are used to justify, conflicts. A number of prominent commentators, academics and political figures will participate over two days in four separate panel discussions on the following themes:

In addition to the above panel discussions, there will be two side events:

A concept paper, detailed programme for the debate and bios of panelists and round table participants are available below.

INFORMAL SUMMARY

PROGRAMME, PANELIST BIOS and INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

WEBCAST

STATEMENTS

LETTERS