12.08.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO unites experts to rethink development

What is development? Can it be achieved without destroying the planet? Can everyone achieve it? How can it be achieved? These questions provoke long and intense debate in the international community and civil society, yet answers and effective action remain elusive. As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches UNESCO is undertaking a review of these key issues from an ethical perspective.

A two-day  conference “Rethinking Development: Ethics and Social Inclusion to be held in Mexico City  (17-18 August)  will start this process and set an agenda for UNESCO’s thinking and action.

Organized by UNESCO and the Government of Mexico, the conference will bring together 25 experts to look at ways of moving beyond purely economic and technical approaches to development towards more democratic, environmentally sustainable, socially just and culturally pluralistic societies.  More broadly, it will also provide a framework for reflection in academic, activist and policy communities.



                                       Contact in Mexico City

                                           Ricardo Guerrero

                      Tel: +52 55 3601 1650; r.guerrero(at)unesco.org




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