The UN Alliance of Civilizations in Asia - South Pacific: Current Context and Future Pathways

Joseph Camilleri and Aran Martin, The UN Alliance of Civilizations in Asia - South Pacific: Current Context and Future Pathways. A Review and Analysis, Melbourne: Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, 2014

For some time now Joseph Camilleri and Aran Martin have been working closely with the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) to develop a greater role for this unique initiative the Asia-South Pacific region. Several steps have been taken over the last 18 months, arising from the collaboration between many groups and organizations in Australia and various parts of Asia and the South Pacific.

This publication, produced by La Trobe University Centre for Dialogue and International Shared Wisdom is another importnat step in this idrection. With a foreword by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for The Alliance of Civilizations, the publication sets out the history and vision of this initiative, its strengths and weaknesses efforts made thus far, and ways in which the UNAOC can in future play a pro-active role in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in the region.  

Introduction 1
Part I - Civilizational Dialogue 3

Part II - The UN Alliance of Civilizations: Background and context 7
AoC Underlying premises and objectives 8
AoC Developments 2006-2011 9
Growth in AoC membership, networks and media presence 11
News reporting 12
Challenges and difficulties 13

Part III - Negotiating Cultural, Religious and Political Pluralism in Asia 17
Asia’s rise 18
Asia’s heritage 19
The values debate 31
The potential for dialogue within Asia 35
Limits of current regionalism 37
Relevance of UNAoC 38

Part IV - The UN Alliance of Civilizations in Asia South Pacific 47
The 2007 Auckland Symposium 48
The 2012 Australian initiative 50
2012 Shanghai Regional Consultation: Objectives and participation 53
UNAoC at 2013 Beijing Forum 58

Concluding reflections 65

Appendix : Recommendations 2012 AoC Asia-South-Pacific Regional Consultation 68

Bibliography and further sources 71