Newsletter
Email:

Objectives

GOAL AND OBJECT

 

 “ ALBANIAN FORUM FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILISATIONS” is a non – profit organization, Center, designed to disseminate and promote ideas, in view of strengthening the broad consensus of all communities of religious  belonging or different ethnicities, guided by the principle that these communities are inter – dependent in their endeavors for develoment, security and economic prosperity. To this end, “AFALC” will co – ordinate its work with other non – profit and profit organizations guided by the same principles and pursuing similar goals. A fundamental part of  “AFALC”’s goal will be to highlight the Albanian heritage, the harmonious co – habitation among various religious communities, the identification and presentation to the public of problems, in the global context of  relations between the world of Islam and the Western world. It is fair to think that the Albanian society is not geneticaly immune to these problems.

 

“AFALC” intends to promote the principles it upholds before the public opinion, the Albanian and international institutions, as well as to the foreign donors.

AFALC works and operates in the frame of the “Alliance of Civilisations”, launched by the UN Secretary General in November 2006.

Together with other similar initiatives worldwide, AFALC,  responds to the broad consensus among nations, cultures and religious beliefs that all soecieties are inder-dependent in their endeavors for development, security and economic prosperity. AFALC intends to become a regional centre, to generate a collective and political will aimed at mobilization in joint actions, at institutional and social level, in order to overcome prejudices, erroneous perceptions and the opposing polarisation to this consensus.

AFALC’ s work target will be the introduction to culture, arts, traditions, beliefs and other values that shape the individualities of communities, nations, nationalities and civilizations. Engagement in upholding them will go hand in hand with the identification and promotion of common values and identitical interests.

AFALC will contribute to the establishment of an Albanian, regional and european movement, reflecting the will of the majority of people in opposing extremism  in the society.

The target of AFALC activity is opinion and policy – making through the following elements:

-          Devising adequate scenarios and drafting policies over inter – religious and inter – cultural dialogue.

-          Building up/joining/formalising groups of interest, at home and abroad, aimed at respecting the human rights and fundamental fredoms, on cross-religious, cross-cultural and inter-ethnic leve, in support of secularity as well.

-          Exposing the stereotypes and contradictions in debates between the world of Islam and the Western world. 

-          Creating the frames for a successful alternative co-habitation, politically desirable and practically achieveable, based on the Albanian model.

-          Bringing together high state leaders, experts, civil society from Albania and various foreign countries, in order to build up strategies and implementation plans to overcome the prejudices and to exchange  perceptions, wherever they  prove to be wrong.

-          Encouraging the promotion of a new generation of politicians with a cultural background, communication skills and solid international bonds, who would work on a well – informed, fair and  peaceful society.

-          Establishment of partnerships with other similar organizations on regional and world scale, as well as with prestigious educational institutions, in terms of drafting educational programs for the youth, which should serve as catalysts for  social change.

-          Facilitation/mediation in the “ Euroislamic” dialogue on the region and Europe.

-          Re-approachment of various representatives of religious communites, on the basis of the Albanian model.

 

The maxim of this Center would be “Understanding through dialogue”.

 

“ ALBANIAN FORUM FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILISATIONS” will reflect its own activity through the publication of the periodical journal “Tryeza”( The Table) showing the results achieved in the form of briefings, insights, promoting successful events, an exchange of experience and models to be followed.

Complementary to the journal in accomplishing its goals, AFALC will also prepare and introduce other information materials deriving from the insights and polls conducted from others. Inline with its goal, AFALC will produce and commit itself to drafting, preparing for press, publication and disseminating books, maps, brochures, bulletins, cassettes, videokassettes, different recordings, briefing materials and others, in Albanian or other languages, with a diverse cultural, artistic, education and school contends.

AFALC will commit to and take under its protection before the  media, the administrative and judiary institutions in Albania and abroad collective and individual cases of infringement of  human rights and freedoms, in order to provide a harmonious living and environment among the community participants and various faiths.

AFALC will organize and co – sponsor activities designed to meet the above-mentioned overall goal. The joint meetings, conferences, seminars and exhibitions, organization of festivals, competition and concerts as well as CD and DVD format products, documentaries, photographic exhibitions, albums and radio broadcasts, with AFALC as the organizer or co – organizer would serve the mutual acquaintance, assessment and harmony among various civilizations and faiths.

To this end and in cooperation with donors, AFALC will involve prominent actors of politics, civil society, groups of interest, academic community, religious communites, domestic and foreign media.

The regular functioning of “ ALBANIAN FORUM FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILISATIONS” will be ensured through the establishment of an active logistic structure and cooperation at home, with sister organizations, becoming part of the global engagement for the Alliance of Civilisations. The increase of inter – action and the mutual exhange of programs, experience and operational qualities will add to the professionalism in addressing AFALC scope of work.

The AFALC flexible structure will maintain, encourage and assess the profiles and identities of its founders; likewise, it will back up the priorities and programs offered by organizations from the same area of activity, when it finds them valuable, given the reality in which it operates.

The economic consolidation through joining the financial and administrative possibilities for joint projects with organizations of the same field of activity will add to the probability of action with projects going beyond the possibilities of a single organization separately.

A significant target of AFALC work will be ongoing consolidation of traditional harmony and co-operation among the ethnic or cultural  majority  and the minorities in Albania. In this regard, the educational and cultural emancipation of roma people occupies a primary place.