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UNESCO's action against terrorism
The main objective of UNESCO – “to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication” – is more relevant and necessary now than ever. Despite the many efforts made by peace-makers, war, terrorism, violence, crime, intolerance and strife continue to afflict humanity. A lasting peace, based on humanity’s intellectual and moral solidarity, is still far from being reached.
Yet humanity cannot, should not and must not give up. Now more than ever, efforts must be strengthened to make reason and dialogue prevail for the sake of peace. Lessons should be learnt from the past but, at the same time, there is need for innovation if we are to respond effectively to new situations.

The events of 11 September 2001 have once again focused the attention of the international community on the manifold threats posed by acts of terrorism not simply to human security, but to the very principles and values of the United Nations Charter. They call for a coherent and coordinated response by the organizations of the UN system as a whole.
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Speeches by the Director General of UNESCO

DG/2003/032 Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, at the opening of the Inter-Agency Meeting on Promoting Peace and Security through Education and Science: Elements for a UN Strategy against Terrorism; Paris, 26 February 2003

DG/2001/98 Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the official opening of the 31st session of the General Conference; UNESCO, 15 October 2001

Flash Info
“Promoting Peace and Security through Education and Science: Elements for a UN Strategy against Terrorism” - (Office of the Spokeswoman)28-02-2003 1:05 pm

Press Release
(Paris - Press Release No.2002-24 dated 28-04-2002) Terrorism and the media - World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3 in Manila - Media professionals and the media in general have paid a heavy toll to terrorism in recent years.

04-03-2004 12:00 am Members of the United Nations anti-terrorism committee today agreed on the need to "revitalize" its work in order to adapt to the evolving nature of its mission and voiced support for a plan that aims to enhance the Security Council's ability to help countries implement a resolution - adopted in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States - to fight the worldwide scourge. More

Forms of Violence in Times of Change - by Prof. Peter Waldmann
17 March 2004 -If thirty years ago somebody would have asked for the principal forms of insurgent violence, the answer would probably have been: rebellion, revolutions, guerrilla campaigns and coups d’état. All these forms are directly related to state power, which is challenged and put in question. Up to the seventies of the past century, the state had the uncontested monopoly of physical force. Therefore any use of political violence by non-State actors constituted an attack on state power and the official security forces.More






Call for international cooperation to prevent and eradicate acts of terrorism

"The General Conference ... Considers that all acts of terrorism are a denial of the principles and values of the United Nations Charter, the UNESCO Constitution and the UNESCO Declaration on Principles of Tolerance and represent an attack against humanity as a whole ..."

(Excerpt from Resolution 39, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference at the 11th plenary meeting, on 20 October 2001)

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