Intercultural Dialogue

Learning to live together constitutes more than being able to exist in a diversely multi-cultural society; it is also about creating intercultural dialogue that allows for the formation of deep and long-lasting connections among people. By opening up new channels of dialogue with different cultures, knowledge and experience needed to eradicate social exclusion and prevent conflict can be shared.

UNESCO resolutely maintains the message that peace is more than the absence of war, it is living together with differences – of gender, race, language, religion or culture – while furthering universal respect for justice and human rights.

Peace is an ongoing process that relies on a commitment to accepting the daily customs and practices of people from different cultures. In recent years Viet Nam has reaffirmed its dedication to promoting peace and in 2016 was recognized by UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, as having an important role in creating intercultural dialogue within South-East Asia. As well as congratulating Viet Nam for its outstanding commitment to World Heritage, the Director-General stated that, “Viet Nam has a key role to play in promoting intercultural dialogue, respect for diversity and building a culture of peace for social cohesion, especially in the context of ASEAN integration.”

UNESCO conducts a number of regional and sub-regional activities with the participation of Viet Nam. This includes the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories.  The project has been included in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Work Plan on Education for 2016 – 2029 with seven countries in the region, including Viet Nam. In addition, other efforts include the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, Bioethics Education Programme, Social Inclusion in Public Policy, Youth empowerment and capacity building, and Development of Intercultural Competencies.

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