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24-10-2003 1:00 pm “Violence and its causes: a stocktaking”, is the title of an international symposium organized by France's Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) and UNESCO, which will be held on Monday, November 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Room XI). Intellectuals from a range of countries and disciplines will participate.


UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and Lieutenant-General Xavier de Zuchowicz, Director of the IHEDN, will inaugurate the symposium.

Session I (10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.), New forms of violence and tentative answers to new challenges, will feature presentations from Blandine Kriegel, special assistant to the President of the French Republic; Dominique David, a researcher at the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI); and Yves Michaud, professor of philosophy at the University of Rouen.

Speakers at session II (11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.), Extreme violence, terrorism and the crisis of politics, will include former UNO Project Forces Commander General Jean Cot, Rwandan historian Marcel Kabanda and Jacques Sémelin, research director at the CNRS and professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Session III (2:00-4:00 p.m.) will focus on Violence, fanaticism, sacrifice with the participation of experts including Mohammed Arkoun, Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne in Paris, and Bernard Lempert, a psychotherapist and educator.

Participants in the final session, Violence and corruption (4:00-5:30 p.m.), will include Jean-Michel Blanquer, Director of the Institut des hautes études de l’Amérique latine, and Rosa Inès Ospina Robledo, Executive Director of Transparencia por Columbia and Vice-President of Transparency International.

The symposium is part of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), which the United Nations proclaimed in 2000.



Journalists who would like to attend the Symposium must register with the Press Service, telephone: 01 45 68 17 48






Source Media Advisory ‏No. 2003-‏86



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