"Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation" held its fifteenth edition of the Dialogue of Civilizations under the theme "Our World is One... Our Challenges are Shared," in collaboration with the Middle East Center at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. The event was attended by a large number of prominent leaders and intellectuals.
During this edition, a special celebration was held in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, on the occasion of his appointment by the United Nations as a leader in humanitarian work and Kuwait being designated as a global humanitarian center by the United Nations. The Foundation also released a book about His Highness in three languages: Arabic, English, and French.
In this edition, Professor Noam Chomsky was also honored and awarded the Center's Golden Logo in recognition of his prominent intellectual contributions and academic efforts in promoting understanding among people and fostering communication between human cultures. This tradition of honoring distinguished individuals began in the twelfth edition held in Sarajevo in 2010, where Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was honored. It continued in the Poetry for Peace Symposium held in Dubai in 2011, where Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab, the former President of Sudan, was recognized for voluntarily relinquishing power in support of the democratic process and its promotion. Furthermore, the thirteenth edition, held in Brussels, honored Professor Abraham Shlaim for his notable intellectual contributions and academic efforts in promoting understanding among people and fostering communication between human cultures.