As the interconnection across and between societies grows, and cultural diversity is increasingly recognized as an inescapable reality of modern life, it is essential that stakeholders at all levels are equipped with the capacities and knowledge to positively manage diversity and pluralism for the benefit of all.
It is with these needs in mind, whilst also recognizing the huge potential of the internet as a space for learning and exchange, that UNESCO has developed this e-Learning platform on intercultural dialogue. The platform is an evolving global hub of resources and information to record, inspire, share and exchange innovative and impactful action on intercultural dialogue among diverse audiences, which will be sustained and enhanced over the course of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-22). Through its broad set of functions, the platform is a one-stop shop for people searching for resources or inspiration on intercultural dialogue, and will strengthen the exchange of ideas and thoughts between the many different groups working within this field.
The development of the platform has been guided by the results of a comparative, global analysis of the trends, challenges and gaps in how intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity are promoted within e-resources (Global stocktaking). The platform responds directly to the priority afforded to the development of capacities on intercultural dialogue within Sustainable Development Goal 16, the cross-cutting objectives of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) and within the context of the “Baku Process” and the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, every two years.
The platform has been developed with financial support received from the Government of Azerbaijan.