20.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet - World Philosophy Day, 21 November 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the World Philosophy Day, 21 November 2013

This year, World Philosophy Day is guided by the theme “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet”. This day is an invitation to rethink the conditions for inclusion and sustainability in societies that are increasingly diverse and ever more interconnected, between themselves and with their environment.

Globalization, human activity, the rapid development of new technologies, and biotechnologies are blurring the boundaries between the social, human and natural orders. Human action is becoming the main driver of evolution in the planetary system – opening what has been called the age of the “Anthropocene”. The environment is no longer completely outside us – our actions shape it. In turn, environmental damage weighs on the fabric of our societies, migration patterns and cooperation.

In this world of many ramifications, sustainable development depends first on prosperity shared between States and within societies. In a world of diversity, inclusion comes more than ever from dialogue and respect for justice, human dignity and human rights. This was the message of Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th anniversary we are celebrating: “Rise at the expense of another! I did not come to earth for that!”

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