Intercultural dialogue, history and memory for dialogue

In the globalized world, UNESCO promotes dialogue, history and memory for dialogue.UNESCO New York Office works to raise the awareness about the relevant UNESCO programs in the field of intercultural dialogue, culture of peace, history and memory of the world. It also advocates for UNESCO’s leading role in this domain based on its mandate and knowledge base. Such programs include:

International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures

The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (IDRC) builds on the strong momentum created by and the achievements of both the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) and the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010).

 General history of Africa

“General History of Africa with a view to remedy the general ignorance on Africa’s history. […] UNESCO […] called upon the then utmost African and non-African experts [and] the result was the elaboration of the General History of Africa into eight volumes […] completed in 1999. [It] is considered as a major contribution to the knowledge of Africa’s history and historiography.”

Slave route project

To break the silence around the Slave Trade, UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project, a global initiative to promote the rapprochement of peoples through the shared legacy of this tragedy as it illustrates the power of culture in the fight for dignity. UNESCO leadership helped secure the official recognition of the Slave Trade as a crime against humanity in 2001. In this context, UNESCO helps Member States in supporting research, in enriching their own national history and in facilitating the sharing of memories.

Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

A permanent memorial was erected “at the United Nations Headquarters that is easily accessible to delegates, United Nations staff and visitors. This Memorial acknowledges one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history and serves as a reminder of the legacy of slavery and the transatlantic trade.

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