Building a culture of peace is UNESCO's raison d'être. Democracy provides an enabling environment for the exercise of human rights and, if accompanied by equitable cultural, social and economic development, is a prerequisite for the establishment of lasting peace.
UNESCO believes that peace "must be established, in order not to be doomed to failure, on the basis of the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity". The dialogue between cultures, civilizations and various origins sweeps away "the mutual incomprehension of peoples" which "has always been, throughout history, at the origin of suspicion and mistrust between nations, where their disagreements have too often degenerated into war ”(The Constitution of UNESCO).
UNESCO contributes to peace, ethics and dialogue in many ways:
- Give young people a voice and provide them with the skills, opportunities and springboards necessary to optimize their potential as development actors.
- Supporting the development of social inclusion policies ensures equal opportunities, access to resources and an environment conducive to the full participation of communities and individuals in the design of their societies (especially women, young people and disadvantaged and vulnerable groups such as migrants, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples).
- Sport and education in post-conflict and post-disaster situations are tools for development, peace and community capacity building. They encourage social inclusion and are a way to increase social capital.
- Global environmental changes represent a major contemporary driver of social transformations, and their effects are expected to grow in the decades to come - likely to the point of calling into question not only growth and prosperity but also social inclusion and the realization of human rights. . Read more