Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Philosophy Day, 18 November 2010
Each year, World Philosophy Day is a unique opportunity to bring the international philosophy community together and encourage thought-provoking discussions on contemporary issues.
In accordance with its Constitution, UNESCO endeavours to promote free thinking and dialogue through its activities in the fields of education, culture, science and communication. As the defences of peace must be constructed in people’s minds, it is our duty to work to strengthen those minds through critical thought and mutual understanding.
In 2010, World Philosophy Day will also be marked in connection with the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and is therefore of heightened relevance. Philosophy actually teaches diversity lessons through its numerous schools of thought in all eras and on all continents.
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