Learning to Live Together

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In today’s increasingly diverse societies, UNESCO continues to support people in understanding each other and working together to build lasting peace. UNESCO also helps to enable people to create and use knowledge for just and inclusive societies.

In a progressively globalised world, UNESCO believes that national diversity and societal differences are what bring humans closer together and form lasting bonds that create the building blocks for a sustainable future. By supporting people to understand each other’s differences and cultural identity, UNESCO hopes that humanity will achieve new levels of cooperation for longer lasting peace.

From its Headquarters and in Viet Nam, UNESCO supports its Member States and all its partners to better understand the complexities of a diverse and ever-increasing population. It does this through various initiatives such as the Programme for Management of Social Transformations (MOST) and the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence Programme.

Learning to live together is not just about developing deeper cultural connections; it is also about bringing communities together at a local level, regardless of age, gender and social standing. Learning to live together is a topic particularly relevant to the people of Viet Nam, as they experience accelerated economic growth leading to large numbers of rural dwellers migrating to the cities. This brings new pressures as cities become more densely populated with people from vastly different social and economic backgrounds.

UNESCO works with local partners in Viet Nam in order to inform individuals about the importance of cross-cultural communication and understanding. Through greater social cohesion, humankind can live and work together towards a peaceful and sustainable future.

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