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UNESCO and World Social Forum 2003
January 2003, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

In 2003, UNESCO in collaboration with civil society partners, structured its contribution around two major themes: education for all and cultural diversity. When considered in their ethical dimensions of human rights and sustainable development, these two themes fit into a central strategy: that of a new joint venture between civil society and political decision makers capable of opening up a route to a new democratic partnership for a more equitable globalization.

Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (EFA), in Conjunction with the World Education Forum
19-23 January

UNESCO joined hands with key civil society partners in education to organize the 2003 annual meeting "Towards Comprehensive Visions and Approaches to Education for All", which was held from 19 to 23 January in conjunction with the Second World Education Forum. Coming right after the 2002 deadline for the development of EFA National Action Plans, the meeting assessed civil society participation in education planning processes and reflected on the conceptual views and assumptions that underlie civil society's educational practices and policy proposals in order to draw conclusions and develop recommendations.

The meeting also presented an opportunity to relate the discussions to major initiatives such as the international EFA Monitoring Report, the UN Literacy Decade, the International Review on Adult Learning and the Declaration on Cultural Diversity. One highlight of the meeting was a seminar on quality and alternative discourse in education entitled "Towards New Notions of Quality to Promote Lifelong Learning for Peace and Justice". It discussed the articulation between the right to education and issues such as relevance and learning, cultural diversity, peace, justice and citizenship.

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What kind of globalization and how should the world be governed?
24 January

This activity is part of a series of four debates over four days on key issues of globalization called "Tables of Dialogue and Controversy". The WSF, jointly with Bridge Initiative, created the ‘Controversies’ as a key element of the Forum for dialogue between civil society and government bodies. Bridge Initiative consulted on the design and participants. Pierre Sané, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences on behalf of the DG, UNESCO, has participated in this activity.

- Juan Somavia, OIT General Secretary, Chile
- Mario Soares, European Parliament Deputy, Portugal
- Ricardo Navarro, Friends of the Earth, El Salvador
- Nicola Bullard, Focus on the Global South, Thailand
- Pierre Calame, Alliance pour un Monde Responsable et Solidaire, France
- Pierre Sané, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

Facilitator: Soledad Gallego Diaz Fajardo, Vice-Director "El Pais"

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Cultural diversity, dialogue and sustainable development
25 January

This round table addressed the interaction between cultural diversity and sustainable development, in order to identify pathways for a different globalization, which respects human rights for everyone. The outcome of the Johannesburg Summit on sustainable development presented a new challenge: in addition to economic, ecological and social concerns, cultural diversity was proposed as the "fourth pillar" of development. Knowing that cultural pluralism gives policy expression to the reality of cultural diversity, recognition of and respect for this diversity can constitute a political tool for communities to find, through their own means, the way to development that responds to their aspirations. Cultural diversity is the source of development to the extent that it broadens the scope of possibilities available to everyone and emphasizes respect for different identities. This round table was organized in partnership with the following NGOs: Arte sem Fronteiras, Via Magia and Instituto PensArte.

Bernardo Kliksberg (IDB/Washington); Carlos Antonio Moneta (former Secretary General, Latin American Economic System (SELA); Pierre Sané (UNESCO); Nestor Garcia Canclini (University of Mexico); Edgar Montiel (UNESCO).

Contact: e.montiel@unesco.org

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