The UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity


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At the crossroads of intellectual, scientific and political thinking, this 2nd UNESCO World Report aims to take stock of all that is being said, thought and done in the name of cultural diversity, and tease out the necessary conditions for diversity to become an asset and not a threat, a source of renewal for public policies in service to development, social cohesion and peace.

No longer limited to the cultural domain strictly speaking – and more complex than often assumed – cultural diversity needs today to be addressed in terms of dialogue, dynamics, and the new specific challenges it may pose for languages, educational systems, news and entertainment media and the business world.

Based on the analysis of recent initiatives, concrete examples, case studies and successful practices, this report advances a number of pathways worth exploring for renewing development strategies in favour of poverty eradication, environmental action and sustainable, human-centred governance.

This World Report is based on the combined activities of:

  • an Advisory Committee of 15 experts, with contributions from a Board of Trustees
  • consultations with civil society and academic communities
  • internal and interdisciplinary consultations.

It is also available in French and Spanish, with forthcoming editions in Chinese, Russian and Arabic.

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