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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
29-07-2003 2:30 am Paris- “Globalization With a Human Face – Benefitting All” is the subject of a 2-day conference organized by UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, on July 30 and 31 with the participation of former heads of state, ministers and academics from all parts of the world.
The Conference will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. After opening, public sessions will examine the following subjects: “Globalization and Forgotten Dimensions”; “The Driving Forces of Globalization”; “Globalization and the Human Condition”; “Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Ethics”.

In four working groups, more than 30 participants attending the conference will explore the effects and potential of globalization in culture, education, environmental policy and communication.

Among the keynote speakers are Fidel Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Moeen Qureshi, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Andries van Agt, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Eduardo Aninat, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Conference reflects UNESCO’s conviction that globalization should be harnessed for the greater welfare of humanity. During its work with Member States in its fields of competence, education, science, culture and communication, the Organization identified concern that, left to its own devices, globalization cannot be relied upon to benefit the whole of humanity and that it is exacerbating rather than reducing divisions and inequalities. There is also fear that the growing commercialisation of education, culture and information, may impair the ability of some countries and communities to preserve and improve their way of life.

Seeking to counter growing uniformity and loss of creativity, UNESCO developed a standard-setting instrument, the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which was adopted by UNESCO’s Member States in 2001.

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Source Media advisory No 2003-64


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