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18.07.2012 - ODG

UNESCO and Bahçeşehir University sign an agreement to advance dialogue amongst cultures, social cohesion and peace

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In the presence of H.E. Mr Tahsin Burcuoglu, the Ambassador of Turkey to France, Mr. Gurcan Turkoglu, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Turkey to UNESCO, Mr. Enver YÜCEL, Founder of Bahçeşehir University and President of the Board of Trustees, Members of the Steering Committee of Bahçeşehir University, and Mr. Abe Radkin, Executive Director of the Aladin Project, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova signed a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and Bahçeşehir University to promote cooperation through joint initiatives in the areas of culture and human rights education to advance mutual understanding, social cohesion and peace.“I thank Mr. Yücel for his engagement with UNESCO’s work, and especially for his support to UNESCO’s flagship initiative Culture: A Bridge to Development, aiming to harness the healing power of culture for reconciliation and cooperation. Culture is a dynamic force for dialogue and innovation, a motor for social cohesion” said Irina Bokova.

UNESCO and Bahçeşehir University will engage in joint initiatives building on the potential of culture and education to address challenges in relation to intercultural dialogue and human rights education. The cooperation will also aim to develop post-graduate and interdisciplinary research on social issues from a human rights perspective. Mr. Yucel emphasized the importance of “sustaining youth aspirations for knowledge and development across the world and their quest for human dignity”.

Stressing the ever growing interrelationship between education and culture to achieve social inclusion and sustainable peace, the Director-General concluded “Education and Culture will be the foundation for our cooperation and for our joint action”. “We must share good practices and experiences in order to advance our mission for sustainable peace”.




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