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The quest for a dialogue among civilizations and peoples is deeply entrenched in and associated with interaction among countries, cultures and civilizations, especially in a multilateral context. In regard to UNESCO’s Constitution and the various programmes and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and General Conference since the establishment of the Organization, the promotion of dialogue in the service of peace – in order to build “peace in the minds of men” – is clearly one of the main themes of UNESCO’s mission. Globalization and the emergence of new contemporary challenges and threats to humankind make the need for dialogue among peoples ever more topical. A principal objective of a dialogue is to bridge the gap in knowledge about other civilizations, cultures and societies, to lay the foundations for dialogue based on universally shared values and to undertake concrete activities, inspired and driven by dialogue, especially in the areas of education, cultural diversity and heritage, the sciences and communication and media.


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