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Why is it necessary to engage in a Dialogue of Civilizations? What can we learn from past dialogues? What effect could an increased dialogue have on the substance and process of international relations? In which ways does multicultural society contribute to - or obstruct - dialogue among civilizations? What inspirations can we draw, what lessons can we learn from Asian experiences in civilizational dialogue? Could there be any such thing as a global ethos, a common overarching human value system that transcends cultural and civilizational differences? These questions were among the issues addressed throughout the UNU project on the Dialogue on Civilizations.
FrameworkForAction.pdf (216 KB PDF)
The Framework for Action builds on the observations and recommendations discussed during the course of the UNU Project on the Dialogue of Civilizations. It is the product of the research, experience and creative thinking of the more than 100 academics, journalists, representatives of national, regional and international organizations, and, last but not least, students that took part in the workshops and conferences organized by UNU.
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Dialogue Among Civilizations, a UNU-UNESCO international conference, was held from July 31 to August 3, 2001, in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Former Iranian President and Head of the International Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations Mohammad Khatami spoke on Dialogue Among Civilizations for the 13th U Thant Lecture at UNU, 25 August 2006. Watch the video.
The United Nations — at its best — can be the true home of the dialogue among civilizations; the forum where such dialogue can flourish and bear fruit in every field of human endeavour. Without this dialogue taking place every day among all nations — within and between civilizations, cultures and groups — no peace can be lasting and no prosperity can be secure.
Seton Hall Address
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's address to Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, 2001.02.05