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UNESCO - 13th International Forum of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO, Ottawa/Canada, November 21-22, 2022

On November 21st and 22nd, the 13th International Forum of NGOs in Partnership with UNESCO discussed the mobilization of NGOs for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and Ocean Decade, in hybrid mode - local in Ottawa and online globally. The event was opened by Mr Davide Grosso, Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. He was supported by Mr Nick Newland and Dr Teresa Kennedy, both Co-Chairs of the 13th International Forum, and members of the NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee, as well as online contributions from Mr Vladimir Ryabinin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General and Executive Director for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Dr Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Dr Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Advisor for Communication and Information, Universal Access to Information Section, UNESCO, as well as by various presenters from NGOs.
Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg participated online as NGO members.


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Opening logo of the event


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Opening of the event by Mr Davide Grosso (center), Mr. Nick Newland (2nd f.r.), Dr. Teresa Kennedy (1st f.r.)


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Video presentation by Mr Vladimir Ryabinin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General and Executive Director for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).


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Online presentation from Dr Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO


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Video interview from Dr Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science, University of California - San Diego


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Invitation to join the Indigenous Languages actions


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Links to information about the Indigenous Languages actions


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Expected outcomes of the Indigenous Languages actions plan


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UN Ocean-Decade coordination structure


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Mr Lasse Gustavsson, President and CEO, Ocean Wise


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Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032 by Dr Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Advisor for Communication and Information, Universal Access to Information Section, UNESCO


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NGO engagement in the Ocean-Decade


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Closing of the event -(f.l.2.r.) Ms Roda Muse, Secretary General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Mr Davide Grosso, Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, Mr Nick Newland, Co-Chair of the 13th International Forum, and member of the NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee, and Dr Teresa Kennedy, Co-Chair of the 13th International Forum, and member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

UNESCO - Meeting of the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners of the Executive Board (215th session), Paris, on October 7, 2022

On October 7, the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners of the Executive Board of UNESCO met in its Paris Headquarter. In this meeting the Committee decided various issues under item 33 of the Agenda of the Executive Board entitled “Relations with non-governmental partners”, which are all extensively referred to in documents 215 EX/33 and 215 EX/33.INF available online. Items discussed were statutory questions concerning admissions and renewals of relations with NGOs and foundations, which will be examined by the Committee, as well as initiatives and measures taken to foster the engagement of the network of NGO partners.
Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg participated as NGO-observers in this meeting. But of course we also looked at the culture presented in the UNESCO Headquarter.


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Meeting of the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners of the Executive Board


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Far left: President of the Committee - His Excellency Mr Andrés Luciano Mateo Martínez, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Dominican Republic and Representative of the Dominican Republic to the Executive Board, 2nd from right Mrs. Sabine Colombo - Secretary of the Committee, on the far right Mr Jean-Yves Le Saux, Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning and representative of the Director General of UNESCO


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg as NGO-observer


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Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg at a Giacometti sculpture in UNESCO

SGA-ASPE event: Is Switzerland's neutrality still up to date?, Berne on October 5, 2022

On October 5, the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy (SGA-ASPE) held a discussion in Bern on the Swiss neutrality issue. First there were three lectures on this topic by
- André Holenstein - Professor of Swiss History, University of Bern
- Christina Graf - foraus, Co-Head of Diplomacy & International Actors
- Daniel Woker - Co-Founder of «Share-an-Ambassador/Geopolitics of Experts»
Professor Holenstein focused on neutrality as deeply rooted in the Swiss self-image, the historical development of Swiss neutrality, and the actual acceptance of this neutrality by warring factions. His core statement was that neutrality alone could never guarantee Switzerland's security, but only in connection with specific Swiss political activities. Christina Graf's core statement was that neutrality is not an outdated concept, but that it must be interpreted in a contemporary way.
The individual presentations were followed by a discussion on the topic moderated by Markus Mugglin (board member of the SGA-ASPE).
Dr. Rolf Clauberg from the association attended as a member of the SGA-ASPE. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg also attended.


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Discussion: f.l.t.r. - Daniel Woker, Christina Graf, André Holenstein, and moderator Markus Mugglin

IAGS and GIPRI - 1st Roundtable-Conference on "Modern global economic, political and social crises and risks", online September 21, 2022

On September 21st the “International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies” (IAGS), together with the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) organized a 1st conference on "Modern global economic, political and social crises and risks" in online format. As is visible from the title, the goal was to discuss different global crises and risks in economic, political, and social areas occurring today. To this purpose 12 experts from 5 different countries - Italy, Morocco, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland - were invited to an online roundtable discussion. The following first shows screenshots from the conference and then the list of presentations with related links to the summaries.


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Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg, IAGS - Thalwil/Switzerland


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Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas, GIPRI - Geneva/Switzerland


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Prof. Dr. Andrey Malov, Diplomatic Academy - Moscow/Russia


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Prof. Dr. Greg Simons - Uppsala University - Uppsala/Sweden


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Prof. Dr. Oleg Ivanov, Diplomatic Academy - Moscow/Russia


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Prof. Dr. Mara Morini, University of Genova, Genova / Italy


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Prof. Dr. Keltoum Irbah - Geneva Business School, Geneva/Switzerland


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Stefan Ziegler, Learning Alliance - Geneva/Switzerland


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg, IAGS - Thalwil/Switzerland


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg, IAGS - Thalwil/Switzerland (picture extracted from the one with presentation chart)

List of presentations:

(still incomplete - some summaries are still missing)
  1. Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas , GIPRI + former Independent UN expert, Geneva / Switzerland, Different models of civilization: accommodation vs rivalry
  2. Prof. Dr. Andrey Malov, Diplomatic Academy of MFA of Russia, Moscow / Russia, “Russia and the West – is dialogue still possible?”
  3. Prof. Dr. Greg Simons , Uppsala University, Uppsala / Sweden, Global Geopolitical Transformations and the Split Between the Western and Non-Western Worlds: Perspectives from the Fifth Dimension of Strategy
  4. Prof. Dr. Oleg Ivanov, Diplomatic Academy of MFA of Russia, Moscow / Russia, What does the end of the post-Cold War era mean?
  5. Prof. Dr. Mara Morini , University of Genova, Genova / Italy, “The split of the global world: Western vs non-Western world - different perceptions of the present political and social world landscape: reason for a conflict or an opportunity for cooperation?”
  6. Dr. Rolf Clauberg , IAGS, Thalwil / Switzerland, Nation states in an economically globalized world
  7. Prof. Dr. Keltoum Irbah, Geneva Business School, Geneva / Switzerland, Different perceptions of the present political and social world landscape: reason for a conflict or an opportunity for cooperation?
  8. Prof. Dr. Vladimir Sotnikov, MGIMO University, Moscow / Russia, Non-traditional security risks: the case of South Asia
  9. Prof. Dr. Natalia Piskunova, Moscow State University, Moscow / Russia, “De facto states and unrecognized states: cases of Puntland and Somalia”
  10. Stefan Ziegler, Learning Alliance – Int. Law for Youth , Geneva / Switzerland, Educating international law , to disseminate knowledge about ‘International Law in conflict situations’ to youth at secondary school level worldwide, a documentary film is used as a pedagogical tool.
  11. Prof. Dr. Fatima Roumate , International Institute of Scientific Research , Marrakech/ Morocco, “Artificial Intelligence: New risks for international security”
  12. Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg , IAGS, Thalwil / Switzerland, Challenges of Civilization in the Modern World

UNESCO - Ocean Decade, online September 13, 2022

On September 13, UNESCO started its 1st edition of the Webinar Series "How to Engage alongside UNESCO" organized by the UNESCO Secretariat in collaboration with the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, to foster mobilization and engagement of NGO partners around specific UNESCO’s flagships and priority programmes. Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg were invited to this online event and participated. The first program presented for NGO participation was Ocean decade. The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. The event was opened by Mrs. Sabine Colombo, Head of UNESCO Relationships with Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations. Mr. Julian Barbière of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) presented the main details of the program.


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Opening of the event by Mrs. Sabine Colombo


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Julian Barbière presents NGO engagement in "Ocean decade"


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Call for Decade actions from March 2022


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Present informal working groups

Foreign Policy Day - Bern, June 18, 2022

On June 18, the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy (SGA-ASPE) and the Swiss-UNO Society (GSUN) in the "Progr" in Bern on Foreign Policy Day. The event was opened by Christa Markwalder - National Councilor and former President of the SGA-ASPE, and Ulrich Lehner - former Ambassador and President of the GSUN. During the event, Christa Markwalder officially handed over the presidency of the SGA-ASPE to her successor, Roland Fischer. Then there was a discussion on the goals and expectations for Switzerland in the UN Security Council. Switzerland was elected to the UN Security Council for 2 years by the UN General Assembly on June 9th. The Swiss Federal Council recently proposed 4 priority areas for Switzerland in the UN Security Council: peacebuilding, protecting the civilian population in conflicts, climate security and increasing the efficiency of the Security Council. Participants in the discussion were Flavio Milan - deputy head of the UNO department in the EDA/DFAE, Roland Fischer - President of the SGA-ASPE and National Councilor, Angela Müller (GSUN), and Fabien Merz (CSS/ETHZ). The discussion was moderated by Markus Heiniger (SGA-ASPE). Then there was a presentation by Pascale Baeriswyl - Ambassador and representative of Switzerland to the UN, with a discussion moderated by Christa Markwalder and Ulrich Lehner. Another topic was the situation in Switzerland with regard to achieving the goals of the UN Agenda 2030.
During the discussion about the turning point in Europe, National Councilor Eric Nussbaumer, former National Councilor Regula Rytz, and Patrick Dümmler (Avenir Suisse), moderated by Markus Mugglin (SGA-ASPE), discussed Switzerland's security under peace, climate - and European policy aspects. The problems of Switzerland regarding accession to the EU were discussed. Little chance of joining in the near future was seen. However, the suggestion from the audience to join NATO instead was seen as even more unrealistic. After this discussion, the participants divided into 4 groups to discuss the following 4 topics: a) Health and Safety, b) Civil Society Involvement, c) Women and Peace, d) Environment, Climate, and Safety. Dr Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg took part in the topic "Women and Peace" and Dr. Rolf Clauberg took an active part in the topic "Environment, climate and safety".


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Opening of the event by Christa Markwalder (SGA-ASPE) and Ulrich Lehner (GSUN)


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Discussion about Switzerland in the UN Security Council: f.l.t.r. Flavio Milan (EDA), Roland Fischer - President (SGA-ASPE), Markus Heiniger (SGA-ASPE), Angela Müller (GSUN), Fabien Merz (CSS/ETHZ)


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Talk by Pascale Baeriswyl - Ambassador of Switzerland to the UN


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Discussion about Switzerland with regard to the goals of the UN Agenda 2030: f.l.t.r. Fabian Ottiger (foraus), Eva Schmassmann (Agenda 2030 platform), Adrina Frey (EDA/DFAE), and moderator Markus Mugglin (SGA-ASPE)


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Discussion about the turning point in Europe: f.l.t.r. Patrick Dümmler (Avenir Suisse), Eric Nussbaumer - National Councilor, Regula Rytz - former National Councilor, and moderator Markus Mugglin (SGA-ASPE)


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Split of participants into group discussions on: a) Health and Safety, b) Civil Society Involvement, c) Women and Peace, d) Environment, Climate, and Safety


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Closing words by Roland Fischer - President of the SGA-ASPE and National Council

SGA-ASPE event "Is the EU a social or anti-social project?" Zurich, April 8, 2022

The social aspects of the EU and in particular the question of wage protection for employees from countries with a lower standard of living were reasons why the Swiss Socialist Party in particular was critical of expanding bilateral talks with the EU towards a framework agreement. As recently as 2016, the SP saw the EU as being shaped by a neoliberal, undemocratic spirit and lacking in solidarity. On April 8, EU Commissioner Dr. Nicolas Schmit tried to explain the current social system in the EU in a lecture. Afterwards there was a discussion between the EU Commissioner, the director of economiesuisse Monika Rühl, and the SP national councilor Eric Nussbaumer about the social policy of the EU and bilateral relations with Switzerland. The EU Commissioner pointed out that there is now a better social protection in the EU and that the principle of "equal pay for the same work in the same place" is now anchored. But he also said that the benefits of the single market cannot come for free and that without a systematic solution, the bilateral agreements would continue to erode.


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EU Commissioner Dr. Nicolas Schmit at the apero before his lecture


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Lecture by the EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights - Nicolas Schmit


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Discussion after the lecture: f.l.t.r. Nicolas Schmit, moderator Markus Mugglin, Economisuisse director Monika Rühl


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Discussion after the lecture: f.l.t.r. Economisuisse Director Monika Rühl, SP National Councilor Eric Nussbaumer


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A look at the participants of the event - in front Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg from the International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies.


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg from the International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies also attended the event as a member of the SGA-ASPE.

SGA-ASPE event "War is raging in Europe - what can be done?" Berne, April 6, 2022

On April 6th, the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy (SGA-ASPE) hosted an event in Bern on the topic "War is raging in Europe - what can be done?". The event started with a lecture by Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy and former Secretary General of the OSCE. The ambassador then answered questions from the audience.
Ambassador Greminger expects a new cold war. The channels of communication between Russia and the West have largely broken off. He assumes that the sanctions imposed by the West would hit Russia hard, but that it will take a long time for the effects to become apparent. He does not see the calls for further sanctions as realistic, since sanctions in the energy sector in particular would seriously damage the West itself. He also advocates a return to security policy discussions with Russia after the end of the current war and sees the OSCE in particular as a suitable instrument.


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Lecture by Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy


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Discussion with Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, moderated by Dr. Patrick Dümmler and Markus Mugglin


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg from the International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies attended the event as a member of SG-ASPE


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Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg from the International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies also attended the event

"Berlin Security Conference BSC, 20th Congress on European Security and Defence" - Berlin, Germany, November 24th+25th, 2021

The BSC is an annual event happening since 2001. The organizer is the Behörden Spiegel. Attendants include high-level military officers, members of the European parliament and national parliaments, high-ranking members of the European Commission, representatives of EU and NATO governments, as well as representatives of the defense industry. Instead of choosing a partner country for the conference as done in many years before, this year the organizer chose four major organizations that support the European Union and NATO in the development of capabilities and armaments issues.

Every year the conference has a different main topic. This year the topic was "Europe - Developing Capabilities for a credible Defence" to emphasize the need of boosting the development of military capabilities. This is considered as urgently needed in view of multipolar threats and repeated calls for greater independence of the EU in defense matters.
One interesting aspect was revealed in the talk by Dr. Hans C. Atzpodien, Managing Director, Federation of German Security and Defense Industries (BDSV). He reported that defense companies see funding problems due to being explicitly excluded from "sustainable funds". Reference is a publication of a draft guideline from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) from August 2nd 2021, which denies the EU Ecolabel for companies which have more than 5% of teir turnover in armament, independent of the efficiency of their production and the sustainability of their products. The basic of the guideline stems from draft reports from Subgroup 4 of the "EU Platform on Sustainable Finance” and a corresponding webinar both from July 12, 2021. Perhaps the defense industry should think about creating "defence funds".

Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Prof. Dr. Rolf Clauberg from the International Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies attended the conference.


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Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Prof. Dr. Rolf Clauberg at the conference


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frtl: Brigadier General (ret.) Reimar Scherz (Behörden Spiegel) - organizer of the previous years congresses, Verena Müller (Behörden Spiegel), Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Prof. Dr. Rolf Clauberg at the conference

Conference "Social Democracy and Europe" - Freiburg, Switzerland 28. + 29. November 2019

On 28 and 29 November 2019, the Department of European Studies of the University of Freiburg organized a conference on "Social Democracy and Europe". The main topic was the analysis of the heavy losses of social democratic parties in France (PS), Germany (SPD) and Italy (PD). On both days of the conference there were lectures on this topic. On the evening of November 28, there was a panel discussion "Forward or Standstill: la social-démocratie, une idée qui a fait son chemin?" with Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Prime Minister of France, Sandro Gozi, President of the Union of European Federalists, Christian Levrat, President of the Swiss Socialist Party and Council of State (Friborg), Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, former Deputy Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, and Dr. Hannes Swoboda, former chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.
Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg had been invited by the head of the conference, Prof. Dr. Gilbert Casasus, and participated on both days.


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Conference poster


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Prof. Dr. Gilbert Casasus (left), Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg (center), Dr. Rolf Clauberg (right)


Picture - Rolf Clauberg after the talk about the PS
Dr. Rolf Clauberg after the talk about the PS by Dr. Teresa Nentwig


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Panel discussion - f.l.t.r. Sandro Gozi, Christian Levrat, Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prof. Dr. Gilbert Casasus (standing, conceales Dr. Hannes Swoboda)

40th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO at Paris Headquarters - Paris, France, 12.-27. November 2019

Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg from the Association for Intercultural Dialogue and Geostrategic Studies participated in the 40th General Conference of UNESCO, which took place from 12 to 27 November 2019 at the headquarters of the Organization in Paris. They participated in various meetings on science, culture and non-governmental organizations. It was a unique experience of multilateral public diplomacy.


Plenary session
Plenary session.


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Another session.


Rolf Clauberg
Dr. Rolf Clauberg behind the UNESCO Gen.Conf Logo


Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg
Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg behind the UNESCO Gen.Conf Logo


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Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg in front of the NGO poster


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg with journalist access in a session


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Dr. Rolf Clauberg with journalist access in another session