Investing in cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

UNESCO.
ISBN: 9789231040771.Publisher: Paris : UNESCO, cop. 2009Description: XII, 402 p.Series: UNESCO world report: 2Summary: Cultural diversity has emerged as a key concern at the turn of a new century. Yet the meanings attached to this catch-all term are as varied as they are shifting. Some see cultural diversity as inherently positive, insofar as it points to a sharing of the wealth embodied in each of the world’s cultures and, accordingly, to the links uniting us all in processes of exchange and dialogue. For others, cultural differences are what cause us to lose sight of our common humanity and are therefore at the root of numerous conflicts. This second diagnosis is today all the more plausible since globalization has increased the points of interaction and friction between cultures, giving rise to identity-linked tensions, withdrawals and claims, particularly of a religious nature, which can become potential sources of dispute. The essential challenge, therefore, would be to propose a coherent vision of cultural diversity and thereby to clarify how, far from being a threat, it can become beneficial to the action of the international community. This is the essential purpose of the present report. (Font: Editor)
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Cultural diversity has emerged as a key concern at the turn of a new century. Yet the meanings attached to this catch-all term are as varied as they are shifting. Some see cultural diversity as inherently positive, insofar as it points to a sharing of the wealth embodied in each of the world’s cultures and, accordingly, to the links uniting us all in processes of exchange and dialogue. For others, cultural differences are what cause us to lose sight of our common humanity and are therefore at the root of numerous conflicts. This second diagnosis is today all the more plausible since globalization has increased the points of interaction and friction between cultures, giving rise to identity-linked tensions, withdrawals and claims, particularly of a religious nature, which can become potential sources of dispute. The essential challenge, therefore, would be to propose a coherent vision of cultural diversity and thereby to clarify how, far from being a threat, it can become beneficial to the action of the international community. This is the essential purpose of the present report. (Font: Editor)

Foreword / Koïchiro Matsuura -- Preface / Françoise Rivière ; Acknowledgements -- General Introduction: Part I. Cultural diversity: What is at stake?: 1. Cultural diversity ; 2. Intercultural dialogue -- Part II: Key vectors of cultural diversity: 3. Languages ; 4. Education ; 5. Communication and cultural contents ; 6. Creativity and the marketplace -- Part III. Renewing international strategies related to development and peace: 7. Cultural diversity: A key dimension of sustainable development ; 8. Cultural diversity, human rights and democratic governance -- General conclusion -- Recommendations -- Statistical annex -- List of abbreviations -- Photographic credits -- Index

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