Building peace in the minds of men and women

Cultural Diversity under Attack

The intensity and the number of attacks against cultural heritage has increased significantly in recent years. Persecution of individuals for cultural or religious reasons, combined with the systematic destruction of their cultural heritage, marked the emergence of a form of cultural cleansing that is unprecedented in recent history. The targeting of cultural diversity has become a key aspect of the humanitarian and security challenges in the regions concerned. The protection of cultural diversity can contribute to restoring social cohesion and to opening prospects to resolve crises, particularly in protracted conflict situations. Respect for cultural diversity is also essential for reconciliation, national dialogue and reconstruction. The rehabilitation of heritage, the practicing of traditions, but also the strengthening of cohesion through an inclusive social fabric that is respectful of cultural diversity, can contribute to the restoration of security and peace.

To discuss how this vision can strengthen conflict prevention and crisis management policies, UNESCO organized on 9 and 10 June 2016 a High-level meeting and technical conference, in partnership with the European Union, and with the support from the Government of Flanders.

Proceedings and Programme Summary

Cultural Diplomacy, Protecting Cultural Rights in Protracted Crisis, Culture and Arts for Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Stabilization, Culture for Recovery, Rehabilitation and Resilience, Working with Law Enforcement to Protect Cultural Property

You can find the Proceedings here below and the Programme here.

A short conference video is also available here.