You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) using Archive-It. This page was captured on 14:58:46 Dec 16, 2015, and is part of the UNESCO collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.
Loading media information hide

2010, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

Already 350 project proposals

2010, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
  • ©Unesco

The year 2010 is celebrated as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (see Resolutions). The goal of the International Year consists in making the rapprochement of cultures the hallmark of all policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels, involving the greatest number of relevant stakeholders.

Entrusted with the mandate to contribute to build "the defences of peace in the minds of men" thanks to international cooperation in the fields of its competence, namely through education, sciences, culture and communication, UNESCO is designated to play a leading role for the celebration of the Year within the United Nations system. In fact, over the years and indeed in the past decade, the Organization has gained special experience and has won recognition through its efforts to demonstrate the beneficial effects of cultural diversity highlighting the importance of borrowings, transfers and exchanges between cultures.

In light of the approval of the preliminary action plan by the General Conference at its 35th session, and pursuant to the Circular Letter CL 3880 of 15 May 2009, further consultations with Member States concerning the visibility of activities and the possibility of new proposals have been launched (see CL 3911 of 7 January 2010).

For more information:


  • 17-02-2010
Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “2010, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures”
  • 25-01-2010
Culture Counts: A UNESCO Poster Competition
  • 25-11-2009
The WinSoft Company Arabic Typography Contest
  • 09-10-2009
Submit your Project on 2010
  • 09-10-2009
Send your Photos on 2010

Leaflet of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures