Round Table "Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet"


The major event organized at UNESCO Headquarters to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2013, is a roundtable on “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet” – the overall theme of the day as a whole which will be held on 21 November 2013, from 11am to 1pm.

The participants will include distinguished philosophers and intellectuals from around the world:

- Ms Tanella Boni (Côte d’Ivoire), Professor of Philosophy, Member of the Scientific Council of the Study and Research Group on Globalisations (GERM), and Vice-President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP);

- Ms Ioanna Kuçuradi (Turkey), Professor of Philosophy at Maltepe University and former President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies;

- and Mr Yves Charles Zarka (France), Professor of Philosophy at the Sorbonne University, Chair of Political Philosophy.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will address this round table, which will be moderated by Mr Ali Benmakhlouf (Morocco), Professor of Arabic Philosophy and Philosophy of Logic at the University of Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne (France).

Its discussions will be related directly to a present-day concern at the heart of public debates around the world, including within the United Nations: the growing inequalities between the rich and the poor in many countries and between countries.

Indeed, the participants in the roundtable will discuss the concepts of social justice, solidarity, exclusion and inclusion in different societies, issues related to the vulnerability of various groups, including women, children, young people, people with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, people living in poverty, and the interfaces between these issues and sustainable development.

Two main questions will be tackled: “Are there moral or ethical principles that should be taken into account in public policies aimed at combatting exclusion and at building inclusive and sustainable societies?”; and if there are such principles “How can philosophy contribute to identifying them?”

Amongst others questions, the participants will also broach the role of the participatory approach, respect for human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, education to live together and empowerment with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to cultivate a culture of peace and respect for diversity in building inclusive societies and preserving a sustainable planet.

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Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 21.11.2013 10:00 local time
End 21.11.2013 12:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Mrs Irina Zoubenko-Laplante,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125, avenue de Suffren
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website 2013 World Philosophy Day
Link 1 2013 World Philosophy Day Programme
Link 2 Philosophy at UNESCO
Link 3 "Global Environmental Change" at UNESCO
Link 4