Under the high patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the 11th WCP was held in Cairo, Egypt from December 1-6, 1990 at which Dr. Mahmoud Khalifa Ghanem was President. Dr. Samir Sarhan, Deputy Minister of Culture signed the invitation to the Congress and also chaired the Congress.
The Congress was attended by 300 eminent poets, among them about one-third were local and two-thirds from other countries, including almost all the Arabic nations. The inauguration ceremony of the Congress was held in the International Conference Centre. Accompanied by the Prime Minister and the other Ministers, First Lady Hosni Mubarak inaugurated the Congress on President Mubarak’s behalf. Her gracious presence excited all the participants.
The topics for discussions were: (1) Modernity or Modernities, (2) The Poet and Contemporary and Human Problems and (3) Problems of Poetry Translation and Other Issues. A great number of papers were presented by the poets and the conclusions of the discussions were fruitful.
Poetry Recital highlighted the Congress activities. In the Cairo Opera House and in the General Egyptian Book Organization’s Headquarters, poets of the world read their poems in different languages but with one ideal: PEACE.
In memory of the late President Sadat, the World Academy of Arts and Culture donated five large-sized golden plaques as Sadat Award of Peace to award the deserved at the closing ceremony.
“We poets of the world gather here for peace, and not far from our meeting site we see troops gathered there for war. Let us pray that God may bless the world with peace at the final minute, and bless the one who can stop the war.” Dr. Tin-wen Chung sketched the scenes of the 11th WCP in his speech.