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October 2, 2007
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"Planet Earth: From Space to Place”


Planet Earth Exhibit © Unesco  

In the framework of the 2007 General Conference, UNESCO is organizing an exhibit from 16 October to 3 November at its Paris Headquarters to inaugurate 2008, the International Year of Planet Earth as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. This observance is intended to make us reflect on contemporary challenges by considering the human consequences of climate change, earth systems, and natural disasters as regards sustainable development, the transmission of know-how and intercultural dialogue. This exhibit demonstrates the central role of culture in the continuity and survival of the civilizations of our planet.
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    20 09 - 08 12 2007 - The Forum is a global event that takes place every four years in a different city, and seeks to reunite citizens from a wide range of cultures, languages, religions to foster intercultural dialogue and promote global civil society empowerment.  
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