San José de Costa Rica
The Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax) and the Arias Foundation organised this seminar with the aim of creating a venue for high level dialogue to promote the principles of the Alliance of Civilisations backed by the United Nations and the possibility of applying it within the Latin American context.
Three main topics were tackled during this seminar: the principles of the Alliance of Civilisations, the issue of intercultural-rooted conflicts as a response to the current fissures experienced by the continent, and enabling the creation of new bridges between two realities that have had distant relations for a long time; the Arab world and Latin America.
Doctor Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of the host country offered his backing and support to this initiative at the seminar’s opening ceremony, confirming Costa Rica’s deserved place as a leader in outrach in a peace project at a global scale.
Likewise, the following people took part in the seminar: Secretary of State for Costa Rica, Bruno Stagno, Superior UN Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations, Jorge Sampaio (via video-conference), President of the Superior Level Alliance of Civilisations Group, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, as well as other individuals.