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UNESCO and Globalization
The idea of “globalization with a human face” is woven into the very fabric of UNESCO’s strategic responses to globalization, whose challenges, drawbacks and opportunities constitute the global agenda of our time. This website provides an overview on UNESCO’s actions related to “Globalization with a Human face”.
 
Introduction
UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (2002-2007), approved by UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2001, has as its unifying theme: “UNESCO contributing to peace and human development in an era of globalization through education, the sciences, culture and communication”.

Globalization, broadly conceived, has brought many benefits to humankind: through its economic impact, especially in terms of increased trade and investment; through its technological impact, especially the way it has allowed the chasms of time and distance to be bridged; and through its social and political impact, especially because it reveals our global interdependence and opens up new opportunities for participation, empowerment and communication.

However, globalization’s benefits are not distributed in an equitable way either within or between societies. On a daily basis, the majority of humankind experience full or substantial exclusion from these benefits. Furthermore, the adverse side-effects arising from globalization are often borne disproportionately by those who least enjoy its benefits. This is why UNESCO is working towards “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All” through a variety of actions presented here together with background documents, links and news.


UNESCO Publication online: “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All”


UNESCO, together with the United Nations University, organized in July 2003 the International Conference “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All” at the United Nations University in Tokyo. The publication containing the major outcomes of the conference is available online on this page:
-- Publication: “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All” ONLINE --


Background: UNESCO and Globalization

More information on UNESCO’s approach towards globalization on the page:
-- Background: UNESCO and Globalization --




News
UNESCO/UNU Conference in Japan to discuss links between Intangible Heritage and Globalization - (UNESCO)    
11-08-2004 2:16 pm What are the opportunities, threats and challenges for intangible cultural heritage in an era of rapid globalization? Over 15 political and intellectual leaders will debate this at the UNESCO/UNU International Conference on “Globalization and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges” on 26 and 27 August 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. More

Diversité culturelle et mondialisation : l’expérience arabo-japonaise, un dialogue interrégional@ - (Flash Info 073-2004)    
07-05-2004 6:40 pm Le Directeur général a ouvert le jeudi 6 mai, aux côtés de l’ancienne Ministre de l’éducation, de la culture, du sport, de la science et de la technologie du Japon, Madame Atsuko Toyama, l’ambassadeur délégué permanent du Sultanat d’Oman auprès de l’UNESCO et Président du Groupe arabe auprès de l’UNESCO, le Dr Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, l’ambassadeur extraordinaire et plénipotentiaire, délégué permanent du Japon auprès de l’UNESCO, M. Teiichi Sato, le Symposium intitulé « Diversité culturelle et mondialisation : l’expérience arabo-japonaise, un dialogue interrégional ». More

Opening of the 21st Century Talks, “Should Globalization be Made More Democratic?”@ - (Flash Info 046-2004)    
24-03-2004 10:25 am The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened at the Organization’s Headquarters on Monday, 22 March 2004, a debate in the 21st Century Talks series on “Should Globalization be Made More Democratic”? More

Globalization with a Human Face – Benefiting All@ - (Flash Info 188)    
01-08-2003 12:15 pm The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, with Mr Hans van Ginkel, Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) together, opened today in Tokyo, Japan, the UNESCO/UNU International Conference on “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefiting All” being held on 30 and 31 July 2003. More


Articles
Joseph Stiglitz : The subtle truth about globalization - by Interview by Sophie Boukhari
01/10/2002 -He is the hero of the anti-globalization movement and the nemesis of market fundamentalists. “Joe” Stiglitz, the controversial winner of the Nobel Prize.More


Events
Globalization and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges (Nations University, Tokyo 26-08-2004 - 27-08-2004)
What are the opportunities, threats and challenges for intangible cultural heritage in an era of rapid globalization? Over 15 political and intellectual leaders will debate this at the UNESCO/UNU International Conference on “Globalization and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges” on 26 and 27 August 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. More


Websites
EXTERNAL WEBSITE (a): UNDP's Human Development Report 1999
In 1999 the United Nations Development Programme chose as the focus of its annual Human Development Report the theme of “Globalization with a Human Face”. The report is available on the UNDP website.
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE (b): The World Bank on Globalization
The World Bank’s site provides access to World Bank presentations on globalization and research on the subject.
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE (c): Report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension 2004
The Website give access to the final report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization "A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All", published in 2004.
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EXTERNAL WEBSITE (d): Report of the Commission on Globalisation 2004
The Website give access to the final report of the Commission on Globalisation and the work carried out by the global network of leaders drawn from government, civil society and business from 2000 to 2004.
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UNESCO (a): The UNESCO-UNU International Conferences on Globalization
This website, hosted by the United Nations University provides information on all Conferences organised by UNESCO and the UNU on globalizations in both English and Japanese
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UNESCO (b): Globalization and higher education by the IAU
The International Association of Universities (IAU) presents papers and news on how globalization impacts higher education.
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UNESCO (c): Globalization and governance by MOST
The Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST, Social Sciences Sector) presents definitions, projects, publications and links on the issue of globalization and governance.
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UNESCO (d): UNESCO publications on globalization
The Social Sciences Sector provides a selected bibliography of UNESCO Monographs, Documents and Serial Issues on globalization.
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UNESCO (e): Culture, trade and globalization by the Culture Sector
The website on culture, trade and globalization explores links between culture and trade and its potential for development in a globalized world through 25 questions and answers.
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