Mme. France Marquet, SAF Representative to UNESCO, attended World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development

News UNESCO Headquaters, Paris - 23rd May 2018

Towards Access to Culture for All: Advancing Universal Access to Culture in its Diversity

16 May 2018

UNESCO celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development on 21 May, and this year’s 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, with a panel debate on ways to ensure everyone’s right to access culture.

The celebration  took place at UNESCO Headquarters on the afternoon of 22 May (Room IV, 3pm to 5.30 pm,), the event brought together UN representatives, museum directors, artists, tech leaders, and experts including the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, who opened the debate and the Organization’s newly appointed Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone,  moderated the panel discussions.

The participants outlined the potential of culture and intercultural dialogue as means of achieving peace and sustainable development. Further the meeting discussed different ways to reconcile the paradox inherent to cultural globalization, which has led to tremendous growth in access while contributing to growing cultural uniformity, posing a threat to the diversity and wealth of the world’s cultural landscape.

The debate focused on the enforcement of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that, “everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

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Source: UNESCO Website