The Venice Papers

A Series of Reports
Reflecting UNESCO's Activities
in the Area of New Security



created and edited by Larry SEAQUIST





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The "New Page" we are turning in this book is one of a culture of peace, based on a culture of democracy. It is a transition fraught with all the dangers of moving into the unknown without much guidance from our personal or collective memories. If this transition can be successful, we will at long last have the possibility of changing radically our economic, social and political perceptions and entering a new renaissance of hope and creativity in our lifetimes.

(p. xiii, 4th para.)

The perversion of education, science, culture and communication in the celebration of violence and hate - in their mobilization in the most extreme forms of the culture of war - led the framers of UNESCO's Constitution to rededicate learning and creativity to building global communities of tolerance, co-operation and mutual understanding. (p. 4, 2nd para.)

If the history of humanity has been a succession of struggles against nature for survival, today man faces his own dangers, that go far beyond the risks of the natural system left to itself. To write a new Page, we must rededicate ourselves to the ethical forces of peace rather than the coercive force of war

. (p. xv, 3rd para.)

The culture of war may have taught us certain survival skillin an extremely hostile world, but it may have taught us skills which are poorly adapted to a world which offers new possibilities for our personal achievements, societal progress and world development. (p. 7, 1st para.)

There is no substitute for freedom and there is no substitute for the defence of freedom by democracy.

(p. 36, 1st para)
From: The New Page
By Federico MAYOR, UNESCO Director-General
with the collaboration of Tom FORSTENZER