1999 News Story

Ambassador Al-Gosaibi addresses Vienna seminar

Addressing an international seminar at the Austrian Center for Peace Studies in Vienna,

Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland Dr. Ghazi Algosaibi refuted opinions

that suggest conflict is likely to take place among the differing civilizations of the

world of today. The topic of the seminar was the future of global peace and security and

the role of culture in maintaining it.  Ambassador Algosaibi attributed the disputes that

have recently taken place to political and economic reasons rather than cultural

considerations, and underscored the importance of awareness of co-existence for all

civilizations. He went on to say that the commonality among peoples is greater than their

diversity. Ambassador Algosaibi was the first Arab and the first Muslim personality to

address the seminar, which is held regularly by the Austrian Center for Peace Studies in

collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

(UNESCO).  He is a candidate for the upcoming vacancy in the post of UNESCO’s