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World Philosophy Day, 17 November 2005  
World Philosophy Day, 17 November 2005
While UNESCO celebrates its 60 years of existence, one of the flagship activities of the Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) joins the calendar of UN international days. A special event to mark the occasion will take place in Chile on 24 November 2005.
In 2002, the Social and Human Sciences Sector launched Philosophy Day and this year, at its fourth celebration, Philosophy Day will become known as World Philosophy Day.

The 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference (October 2005) accepted a proposal submitted by the Kingdom of Morocco to proclaim this Day as World Philosophy Day, thus acknowledging the tremendous success of the three previous Philosophy Days and recognizing the need for shared reflection on contemporary issues.

By inscribing Philosophy Day in the calendar of annual events, UNESCO hopes to encourage as many partners as possible in as many countries as possible, to organize on one and the same day, activities and debates on philosophical issues.

With the celebration of this Day in schools, universities and institutions in more than eighty Member States, the 3rd Philosophy Day in 2004 proved to be a great success. This year World Philosophy Day will coincide with the beginning of UNESCO’s 60th anniversary celebrations – an added reason to take part in celebrating philosophy. On 17 November 2005, across the world, discussions will be in full swing. And as a first “World Day” is well worth celebrating, a special event will be organized and hosted by the Chilean Governmenton on 24 November in Santiago, Chile, in order to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2005.

> Programme, UNESCO Paris, 17 November 2005 (PDF format, 14 Kb)

> Book Donation of Philosophy Books for the Côte d'Ivoire (PDF format, 55 Kb)

> World Philosophy Day celebrations in Chile (website of the National Commission for UNESCO in Chile)

For more information on celebrations in Paris and in Member States, contact the Philosophy and Human Sciences Section.

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