International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)- What Is It All About?


Human Wrongs Watch

20 May 2021 (UNESCO)* — 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).

.

shutterstock_decade_drupal.jpg

The current surge of flaring conflicts, acts of violence and intolerance demands urgent actions. Peoples and nations have to join forces for the development of a universal global consciousness free from stereotypes and prejudices.

The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures is to be understood as a commitment for addressing this pressing need to take into account and clearly demonstrate new articulations between cultural diversity and universal values.

The “rapprochement of cultures” implies that international security and social inclusion cannot be attained sustainably without a commitment to such principles as human dignity, conviviality and solidarity which are the corner stones of human coexistence, in all faiths and secular ideologies.

Why an International Decade?

  • To help address major pressing global challenges through intercultural and interreligious dialogue for deepened understanding and cooperation for peace.
  • To build new commitments and follow-up actions to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World  Decade (2001-2010), the Programme of Action for a culture of peace and non-violence and to the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010).
  • To identify gaps and initiate more adequate solutions for creating more peaceful and inclusive societies.
  • To showcase why cultural diversity, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and participatory democratic governance are vital for development and peace, especially in time of crisis.

logo_decennie_2013-2022_en_fr_medium

How to make it happen?

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2013-2022 as the “International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures” in December 2012 (Resolution 67/104(link is external))

An Action Plan was adopted by the Executive Board of UNESCO in April 2014 (Document 194 EX/10). Through this Action Plan :

A three-steps approach towards the rapprochement of cultures was defined, including:

  1. To evaluate the current status of inclusive policies, respectful of diversity and Human Rights;
  2. Setting annual priorities by elaborating or revising action plans, programmes or activities;
  3. Establishing meaningful and lasting partnerships at a national, regional and international level.

Four areas were determined as follows :

  1. Promoting mutual understanding and reciprocal knowledge of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity;
  2. Building a pluralist framework for commonly shared values;
  3. Disseminating the principles and tools of intercultural dialogue through quality education and the media and;
  4. Fostering dialogue for sustainable development and its ethical, social and cultural dimensions.

*SOURCE: UNESCO. Go to ORIGINAL.

2021 Human Wrongs Watch

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: