UNESCO Intersectoral Platform: Contributing to the dialogue among civilizations and cultures and a culture of peace

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UNESCO Intersectoral Platform: <b>Contributing to the dialogue among civilizations and cultures and a culture of peace</b>
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This platform involves all five Major Programmes and will seek to mainstream intercultural dialogue in policies and actions, aimed at promoting mutual understanding – considered as a creative force for a sustainable future –, tolerance and respect and at creating the foundations for a culture of peace. It will develop tools based on good practices in intercultural dialogue.

The platform shall build on:

  • the results of the programmatic outcomes and recommendations of the activities undertaken by UNESCO to promote the dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples over the past six years;
  • key recommendations of the Report of the High-level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations of relevance for UNESCO;
  • activities undertaken by UNESCO as lead agency for the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010);
  • actions related to issues such as the mobilization of women and youth through and in favour of dialogue, education-migration linkages, the promotion of cultural diversity in specific societal contexts, interregional philosophical debates on shared values and perspectives, and the identification of emerging social and ethical issues; and
  • the contribution of the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN networks in fi elds relevant for intercultural and interreligious dialogue and for a culture of peace.

The platform will benefit from inputs by all Major Programmes within the framework of five major themes approved by the Executive Board as a Plan of Action at its 174th and 175th sessions: (a) promoting reciprocal knowledge of cultural diversity (including ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity); (b) building a framework for commonly shared values; (c) strengthening quality and values education; (d) countering violence and extremism; and (e) fostering dialogue for sustainable development. These themes lend themselves to intersectoral action from a conceptual and policy point of view, and will be pursued also through broad-based partnerships at various levels.

Expected results at the end of the biennium

  • UNESCO’s international lead role strengthened as a thematic and multi-stakeholder forum for the pursuit of the dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples and the promotion of a culture of peace through all its domains at the regional and subregional levels;
  • Competencies and skills for sustaining intercultural dialogue developed and integrated into regional and national education policies, curricula and teacher education programmes;
  • Emerging challenges and obstacles to dialogue and a culture of peace identified, in cooperation with National Commissions, non-governmental and regional organizations;
  • Quality and values education strengthened;
  • Knowledge base of cultural, societal and scientific responses regarding water governance for sustainability enhanced;
  • Management of water and other natural resources strengthened through the improvement of dialogue and dispute resolution techniques;
  • Better understanding of the role of arts events – festivals, fairs and exhibitions – as vehicles for subregional and regional integration, factors in social cohesion and special forums for intercultural dialogue;
  • Books in national languages, translation and multilingualism promoted as a means of fostering understanding;
  • Dialogue and mutual understanding fostered through communication and information, including the production of materials in national languages;
  • Participatory policies developed for the integration of youth in dialogue-related initiatives at the international and interregional levels, including enhanced networking and clearing-house actions.

Indicative allocations from the following MPs: MP I $100,000; MP II $100,000; MP III $250,000; MP IV $2,000,000; and MP V $995,000.

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