UNESCO: We Need to Talk: Measuring Intercultural Dialogue for Peace & Inclusion


UNESCO. (2022). We Need to Talk: Measuring Intercultural Dialogue for Peace and Inclusion. Paris, France: UNESCO.

UNESCO 2022 We need to talk report coverIn addition to providing 5 case studies, and 5 think pieces, this new global report from UNESCO provides several explanations for understanding intercultural dialogue:

ICD …is a process undertaken to realize transformative communication that requires space or opportunities for engagement and a diverse group of participants committed to values such as mutual respect, empathy and a willingness to consider different perspectives. (UNESCO & IEP, 2020, p. 6)

ICD is understood as a process undertaken to realise transformative communication across cultures and identities (UNESCO & IEP, 2022, p. 12)

As made clear in these two quotes, We Need to Talk builds upon earlier work outlined in the Conceptual and Technical Framework, published by UNESCO and IEP in 2020…ICD does not occur in a vacuum; instead, it requires specific structures, skills and processes to support it…Using the data from the Framework, this report analyses key trends and provides deeper interrogation of insights, particularly the effect of ICD on broader development and security outcomes.” (p. 6)

…the core purpose of the global report is to help governments, civil society stakeholders and other practitioners see the value of ICD, understand it conceptually, and know how to support it in practice. (p. 7)

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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