(Rome, 28 January 2019) “The cooperation established between the Anna Lindh Foundation, Petra University and the Union of Mediterranean Universities, UNIMED, around the research on intercultural trends is particularly significant and we wish to encourage this shared approach for intercultural dialogue in the region with the involvement of academics, youth and representatives of civil society” said Mrs Guigou, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation during the event launching the Anna Lindh Report 2018 “Intercultural trends and Social change in the Euro-Mediterranean region” celebrated on the 10th of January 2019 in Jordan.
The Anna Lindh Report “Intercultural trends and Social change in the Euro-Mediterranean region”, which reached in 2018 its third edition, is a publication analysing Intercultural trends in the Euro-Mediterranean region, featuring the outcomes of a research conducted in 13 Euro-Mediterranean countries. It analyses the trends in the perceptions in the Region, particularly after the impact of conflicts, as well as in the broader context of globalisation and immigration. Besides, it provides recommendations focusing on those areas which could bridge the gap in mutual perceptions, such as education and culture. After its release, a series of events have been organized to launch it and trigger a debate in the region, such as in Rhodes (Greece), Tunis (Tunisia) and Rome (Italy), before being presented lately in Amman, during a joint event of UNIMED and Petra University.
UNIMED, together with Anna Lindh Foundation and Petra University as host, co-organized a presentation of the results of the survey that took place in Amman, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The event featured an Intercultural Analysis and Panel Debate followed by a Questions & Answers session at the end of the presentations. An important message emerged from the discussion on how ignorance, fear and extremism fuel hatred, and on the need to take actions addressing them and fostering diversity and pluralism. A point on which UNIMED is aiming at, as it was underlined by the President of ALF, Mrs Guigou, already during the General Assembly of UNIMED 2018.
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