Marcos Baghdatis Appointed as Cyprus’ Ambassador of European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
Nicosia, Jan 21 – Intercultural dialogue has long been a principle supported by the European Union and its Institutions. 2008 has been designated as the ''European Year of Intercultural Dialogue'' by the European Parliament and the Member States of the European Union. It aims to draw attention to the importance of dialogue between diverse cultures. Cyprus has appointed its native tennis champion Marcos Baghdatis as its Ambassador for the year.
The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, as the national coordinating body for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, has submitted to the European Commission its strategic action plan and, in cooperation with the European Institute of Cyprus, its final proposal to co-fund this EU plan, a proposal which has already been approved by the EU.
The decision was announced at a press conference by the Minister of Education and Culture Akis Cleanthous stated that the Cypriot tennis player embodies multiculturalism without forgetting his roots, his country and his traditions.
Mr. Cleanthous said that the action plan, under the title “Celebrating together European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in Cyprus” includes a lot of action and many initiatives, based on three key categories.
These categories are: the intercultural dimension in educational fora, the promotion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 objectives and raising the public’s awareness of intercultural dialogue.
“These objectives are ambitious but feasible and we shall do our best to achieve them,” he said. The Ministry will welcome the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue with a special musical evening, entitled “Musical Dialogue”, during which Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot musicians as well as foreign artists will present their work in a bid to help the audience travel, through music, around the globe.