UNESCO Proves Why This is an International Decade


UNESCO Proves Why This is an International Decade

by Amy Lignor


In this time in history, violence continues to increase. Whether in peoples’ own backyards, or having to deal with terrorist groups who take innocent lives for no apparent reason, 2016 will go down with many as being the worst year imaginable. However, there is one organization that continuously works, discovers, and strives to find ways for people to see and understand each other better in order to avoid pain.
UNESCO, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence, International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures, diversity and Human RightsOne of the greatest things on this planet is the number of different cultures we can meet. These cultures have good people as a part of them – people who have created good things in the world and have helped others. Unfortunately, we don’t hear as much about the “good” part of this globe; but it is, most assuredly, out there.


Right now, the Tenth Annual Meeting of the South-East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage is taking place. Beginning today and running through Wednesday, in Croatia, a working group/expert meeting is taking place that is all about promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage. In order to support peace in this region, the South-East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage was established in 2007, with the support of UNESCO, and their meetings have contributed to bring about a common understanding of the challenges linked to safeguarding World Heritage sites. They have also worked to develop institutional and professional paths that share knowledge and help people from all countries and backgrounds focus on good and safe practices.


Instead of promoting the negative, UNESCO continues to promote a culture of peace and non-violence. These meetings, among others, are a way to prevent conflict, bring about peace education, and increase peoples’ understanding of tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.

This is certainly not the first or only group that UNESCO has a stamp of approval on, or supports. For those who are unaware, we are living presently in the “International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures” (IDRC). The surge of violent acts and blatant intolerance demands urgent actions; people and nations to join forces to develop a global consciousness that’s free from stereotypes and prejudice. “The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures” is a commitment for addressing these present and pressing needs, and show that cultural diversity is actually a very good thing. It is also a practice that a “majority” of the world wants to be a part of. Again, problem here is, the horrors get the headlines, not the peaceful ones out there.

It was the United Nations General Assembly who proclaimed the period of 2013-2022 as being the “International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures” back in December, 2012. In 2014, an Action Plan was adopted by the Executive Board of UNESCO.


Through this plan, a three-step approach towards the rapprochement of cultures was defined:

To evaluate the current status of inclusive policies, being respectful of diversity and Human Rights; set annual priorities by revising action plans, programs or activities being done; and, to establish meaningful and lasting partnerships at a national, regional and international level.

UNESCO, on a daily basis, promotes mutual understanding and knowledge of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity, and fosters the dialogue necessary for sustainable development for all cultures worldwide. UNESCO states what most others believe, understand, and hope that the rest of the world will one day, very soon, see: That all of mankind needs to have a commitment to respecting each other.


Although UNESCO may be more familiar because of the stunning ancient sites that they protect and continue to discover, it is really the core belief of the organization that puts them ahead of the rest. Finding a way to achieve and solidify peace.


Source:  Baret News

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