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

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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)

Launch of UNESCO Framework for Enabling Intercultural Dialogue

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Launch of UNESCO Framework for Enabling Intercultural Dialogue and accompanying global report, We Need to Talk: Measuring Intercultural Dialogue for Peace and Inclusion, Paris, France, 20 September 2022, 3:30-5:30 PM (CET).

On September 20th, UNESCO will launch the UNESCO Framework for Enabling Intercultural Dialogue and accompanying global report, We Need to Talk: Measuring Intercultural Dialogue for Peace and Inclusion. Everyone is invited to register and attend.

Featuring a ministerial roundtable and expert panel, this global launch will highlight the initial findings of the new Framework, which tell an important story of the connection of Intercultural Dialogue has to peace building, development, and security. The event will feature real world applications and success stories of Intercultural Dialogue from the viewpoints of a variety of stakeholders.

Intercultural Dialogue, transformative communication between different people based in respect, empathy, and openness, can enable us to leverage the power of our diversity and address global challenges.

Recognizing the potential of Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO, in partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace, has developed the data led UNESCO Framework for Enabling Intercultural Dialogue to support Intercultural Dialogue as a tool for conflict prevention, sustainable peace and human rights

Learning how to live together in a world of increasing diversity has emerged as one of the pressing challenges of our time. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, we must develop innovative approaches to harness the power of our diversity and tackle global challenges such as inequality, divisive political discourses, discrimination and intolerance, internal displacement, and violent extremism.

Intercultural Dialogue has the potential to help us tackle these global challenges. Through data and improved knowledge as provided by the new Framework, we can leverage the power of Intercultural Dialogue.

NOTE: if you missed the launch, there is a recording available on YouTube, in the original English, and translated into French. Now that it is available, the link to the document itself has been added to the note at the top of the page.

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