On 16 November 2020, the International Day for Tolerance for the United Arab Nations, the Italy Pavilion in Dubai will host an inter-religious summit which will be attended by prominent Muslim and Catholic representatives.
The event was announced by the Italian General Commissioner for Expo 2020, Paolo Glisenti, during a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Italian Senate.
The announcement strengthens the role of the Italy Pavilion as a venue for diplomatic and inter-religious dialogue.
Last week in Dubai, Glisenti and the UNO Commissioner-General for Expo 2020, Maher Nasser, reached an agreement to host a series of events on an international scale within the Italy Pavilion, focusing on sustainability, climate change, education and human rights. The sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the centre of the 2030 Agenda will be discussed also by experts and high-ranking UN officials.
In another meeting with EU countries, Italy proposed holding events to promote the agenda of the European Commission on sustainability and green economy.
The Italy Pavilion will also host international forums on the SDGs in partnership with Asvis, on the right to water in collaboration with the Italian National Bar Council and on sustainable fishing in collaboration with Blue Sea Land, open to coastal states of the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
With a series of meetings dedicated to women in diplomacy and gender-specific medicine, “ours is the country with the boldest programme focusing on female issues,” commented Glisenti in speaking to the members of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Italian Senate. “We have also convinced the Emirates to include a pavilion on this theme,” he added.
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