U.S. Membership in the UN Alliance of Civilizations

U.S. Department of State (Link) - Philip J. Crowley (May 13, 2010)

Recognizing the value of the Alliance of Civilizations as an important initiative seeking to improve understanding between cultures and peoples, the United States has joined the 119 member countries and international organizations in the Alliance�s Group of Friends.

The Alliance of Civilizations, a joint Spanish-Turkish initiative under the auspices of the United Nations, was created in 2005. It has as its goal improved understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples, and across the world�s many cultures, to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.

The goals and activities of the Alliance complement President Obama�s vision of active U.S. engagement with other nations and international organizations to advance American security interests and meet the global challenges of the 21st century. The United States looks forward to working with other friends of this voluntary initiative to further strengthen the innovative, inclusive and apolitical approach it has come to represent.

On May 28 and 29, the government of Brazil will host the next Alliance of Civilizations� Forum in Rio de Janeiro. The United States will attend this Forum as our first event as Group of Friends members.

A Time, Times, and a Half a Time - This blog is tracking the Alliance of Civilizations as the vehicle to be used to conduct the war on the saints and those who keep the commandments of God as foretold by the prophet Daniel. From Rich�s August 10, 2007 blog post: What is the Alliance of Civilizations?

�In November of 2006, the Alliance of Civilizations� High Level Group published its recommendations in its final report. The following month, I published a newspaper article warning of its contents. These recommendations came as no surprise as I had been following this group's activities since its inception. I have written several warnings about the Alliance of Civilizations which I intend to publish on this blogspace. I am starting with one of my latter articles since it is a good introduction to the initiative for those who need to familiarize themselves with it.

As published in December 2006:

The final report of the United Nations� Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) initiative was released last month. In addition to its usual goal of combating exclusivist ideology, the report contains some interesting elements:

1) Exclusivist ideology is defined as �those who feed on exclusion and claim sole ownership of the truth. (Christians, read John 14:6 as you consider this statement.)

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2) The core issue identified to be the bridge between the West and Islam is resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
3) The global and problematic players in this conflict have been identified as the adherents of the three monotheistic faiths.
4) Failure to resolve this conflict will result in a failed Alliance of Civilizations.

Also noteworthy is that the AoC has identified the European Union�s Barcelona Process as one of the frameworks in which it intends to operate. For those unfamiliar with the Process, it is the foundation of the EU�s political, economic, and social policy. The Process, also known as the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, is represented as the only platform that can solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.�