The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain’s Prize for Poetic Creativity has convened its thirteenth session in the dialogue of civilizations, entitled “Euro-Arab Dialogue in the Twenty-First century: Towards a common vision”, in the premises of the European Parliament, in Brussels, and under the auspices of His Excellency its president. The session was attended by eminent political and diplomatic figures, academics, intellectuals and cultural prominent personalities. The opening speeches were delivered by the Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker, Mr. Marzouq Al-Ghanim and the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mrs. Tokia Saifi on behalf of the president, Mr. Martin Schulz, as well as the former president of Portugal and then- United Nations High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Jorge Sampaio and the Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain.
The goals of the session were:
1 - Find common grounds and points of convergence and understanding between peoples of the world.
2 - Achieve understanding between human beings in spite of all their differentiations.
The dialogue style in this session:
The Foundation went on a new approach in the seminars of this session that was not based on research papers, but by bringing up visions and interactive dialogue between the participants. The conference included three main panels, where number of intellectuals and academics spoke in each panel that was moderated by a prominent personality.
More than 300 guests have participated in this session, including statesmen, eminent thinkers, politicians, intellectuals and prominent media personalities.
The conference resulted in a significant event that was the declaration of “The International body for dialogue and consensus», which includes a selection of prominent political and intellectual figures to follow up the ongoing conflicts in the world that are making humans suffers and following-up it with the concerned decision makers from political leaders or heads of human rights organizations. The conference also honored the British/Jewish historian Abraham Shlaim.