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Aspen-Khalili Partnership: Designing for Diversity – Join Session 1, Cities and Communities

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18th July 2022, 17:00 BST, Zoom

In partnership with the Aspen Institute UK, the Khalili Foundation explores how we can design buildings and public spaces – parks, squares, neighbourhoods – to help people of different cultures interact and enjoy each other. How do we bring together people in a multitude of places to celebrate their differences and engage in cultural exchange? How do we preserve, promote, and integrate cultural markers in our cities in a way that celebrates history and diversity?

The Designing for Diversity series is part of the wider World Festival of Cultural Diversity created by the Khalili Foundation which, in association with UNESCO, is bringing together various intellectual and creative initiatives in collective celebration of our world’s cultures.

This is a free virtual event. For more information and to register click here.

Collaboration with UK Goverment announced at the Freedom of Religion or Belief Summit

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The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced a special collaboration with the Khalili Foundation at the Freedom of Religion or Belief Summit in London last week.

The Foundation’s UNESCO-supported Interfaith Explorers programme for primary school children will now be translated into multiple languages and promoted to schools worldwide via the FCDO.

This was a key outcome of the FoRB Summit held at the Queen Elezabeth II Centre in Westminster, to which over 500 guests, speakers and delegates were invited to discuss the right of people to freely practice their beliefs.

Further information will follow shortly.

Khalili Foundation book given to 54 Heads of Government at CHOGM Rwanda

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The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 20th anniversary book produced and published by the Khalili Foundation has been distributed to the Presidents and Prime Ministers attending the 2022 Commonwalth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

At the special request of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who contributed a keynote article about the Commonwealth’s diverse cultures, the book was distributed at the Heads of Government Lounge at the CHOGM main venue.

It is hoped that this will promote discussion around cultural diversity among the highest levels of decision-making in government across 54 countries that span multiple Contitents and represent 2.4 billion people.

You can learn more about the Khalili Foundation’s work with the Commonwealth here.


Khalili Foundation launches the World Festival of Cultural Diversity at UNESCO

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Sir David Khalili, Chairman of the Khalili Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, launched the World Festival of Cultural Diversity at a special meeting at the UNESCO HQ in Paris.

The World Festival of Cultural Diversity is a global, synchronised celebration of cultural diversity supported by UNESCO. It is a year-round programme of events and activities leading up to the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21st May.

The Festival is created and coordinated by the Khalili Foundation to spotlight efforts around the world to preserve and promote cultural diversity, especially through the cultural sector. Cultural and educational institutions from around the world will participate.

At the UNESCO event titled “The Time to Invest in Creativity is Now!” the Khalili Foundation premiered the Festival trailer and called on organisations to participate by nominating events in their own programmes.

The event also sought to promote the activities of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).