The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity will celebrate its tenth anniversary on November 2nd, 2011. UNESCO is publishing an anthology entitled Echoing Voices to commemorate this founding text which recognized cultural diversity as “the common heritage of humanity” and underpinned, among others, the elaboration of the 2003 Recommendation on Multilingualism and Cyberspace as well as the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
This anthology compiles the voices of intellectual and political leaders of our times who have given evidence of the value and strength of cultural diversity.As voices of diversity, the authors of the seventeen texts of this anthology come from all continents and embody the diversity of current cultural actors: they are in turn poets, philosophers, diplomats, anthropologists or political actors… They are Irina Bokova, Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tvetan Todorov, Lourdes Arizpe, Aimé Césaire, Tanella Boni, Arjun Appadurai, Amartya Sen, Daryush Shayegan, Homi K. Bhabha, Wole Soyinka, Wangari Maathai and Aung San Suu-kyi.
Each text echoes to one of the many matters raised by the Declaration itself: development, cultural and human rights, creativity…
English and French versions of this anthology will be distributed during the General Conference of UNESCO, on November 2nd in plenary session. It will soon be available in the four other official languages of the Organization.