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Intercultural Dialogue

    Equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples and peace among nations.

    This action is part of the global framework of an Alliance of Civilizations launched by the United Nations. More specifically, within the larger framework of intercultural dialogue, which also encompasses interreligious dialogue, special focus is placed on a series of good practices to encourage cultural pluralism at the local, regional and national level as well as regional and sub-regional initiatives aimed at discouraging all expressions of extremism and fanaticism and highlighting values and principles that bring people together.

    UNESCO will continue to exercise its watch function by highlighting the role that can be played by culture in conflict or post-conflict situations as a vehicle for reconciliation through cultural heritage and as common spaces for exchange via its Routes of Dialogue programme.


    • 15-09-2009
    Director-General designates Mrs Esther Coopersmith as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for intercultural dialogue
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    • 31-03-2009
    Le Directeur général ouvre la cérémonie de lancement du projet Aladin visant à contrer le négationnisme et à favoriser le dialogue judéo-musulman
    • 10-10-2008
    Auroville’s 40th anniversary celebrated at UNESCO

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    Arab Cultural Day
    Paris - France
    • 05-12-2008 - 
    • 11-12-2008
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    Conference “Intercultural Encounters on the Shores of the Mediterranean, the Alchemy of an Uninterrupted Dialogue”
    Paris - France
    • 04-12-2008 - 
    • 05-12-2008
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    “Life and Peace”: A Painting Exhibition by Kenji Yoshida (Japan)
    Paris - France
    • 13-10-2008 - 
    • 31-10-2008
    A comparative look on dance and martial arts with the Japanese company « O-getsu-ryu » and the Brazilian caopeira masters
    Paris - France
    • 26-09-2008 - 
    • 26-09-2008
    Symposium to launch the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in France
    Paris - France
    • 13-03-2008 - 
    • 14-03-2008
    Traditional Knowledge Systems and Expressions of Culture in South Pacific
    Queensland - Australia
    • 31-10-2007 - 
    • 01-11-2007
    Promoting Intercultural Dialogue for Gulf Countries and Several African Countries
    Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
    • 22-10-2007 - 
    • 24-10-2007