Focus area
Intercultural dialogue to facilitate collaboration around water management

This eBook is one of the outcomes of an interdisciplinary research held at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio), in Brazil, on the intercultural understanding of water issues encountered by the communities living in Rio. It is the result of the cooperation between PUC Rio and the Foundation Cardinal Paul Poupard, which has founded UNESCO Chair on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. This UNESCO Chair is based at the St .Andrews college in Mumbai, and led by Giuseppe Musumeci.

Teams have been working together in order to share experiences and expertise on diverse issues related water that are managed not only with scientific technical competences, but also with a sharp knowledge of the communities’ culture, notably in terms of spiritual beliefs. Indeed, one key observation has been that conflicts related to natural resources among individuals and larger communities cannot be sustainably solved without considering the cultural background of the people.

Check out this eBook to discover how intercultural dialogue supports reconciliation while tackling the global challenge of water scarcity!

Projects and Programmes
Intercultural dialogue to empower indigenous communities

Current changes in Bolivia carry along processes of decentralisation. As a result, the potential for conflict related to democratic governance and participation has risen at the regional as well as the local level. The policy of large-scale exploitation of natural resources fuels further disputes and has an impact on the environment and particularly on marginalised and disadvantaged population groups.

However, political participation processes are increasingly non-violent, and local legislation is drafted on a participatory basis. More and more, conflicts over environmental issues and resources are also resolved in a non-violent manner. Marginalised and disadvantaged population groups, particularly indigenous peoples, smallholders and women, are demonstrably exercising their rights. Their participation in political processes is strengthened, and this is facilitated by intercultural dialogue.

From Words to Action: Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Although it is often said that there can be no democracy without political parties, it is equally true that there can be no parties without the democratic participation of women.

Check out the 95 best practices providing women with equal opportunities to reach leadership and representative positions in the political parties.

Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean

Discover a review and analysis of the processes of drawing up the gender equality plans now in place in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Intercultural cooperation for the sake of water management

This e-book represents the fruitful outcome of the participation of the Foundation Cardinal Paul Poupard - part of the UNESCO Chair in Mumbai - participation to the European Union side events during Paris Climate Change Conference held in 2015.

The purpose was to gather well-known personalities from various countries, who are active in the fields of either water management or religion, in order to bring together ideas on how to shape sustainable solutions to tackle the water scarcity crisis, building on knowledge of spiritual beliefs of the communities.

The present e-book showcases interventions of multiple stakeholders, such as the Rector of PUC -Rio Pe.Josafa Carlos de Siquera SJ , the Secretary General of the Water Accademy  in Paris M. Jean Louis Oliver, Former Rector of the Catholic University of Congo ,Professor Jean bosco Matand, and Nestor Sirotenko, Bishop of Chersonesus (Russian Orthodox Church).

Comunicar la Paz: Estudios sobre comunicación y medios para las comunidades

La actualidad geopolítica global nos urge a pensar en una modernidad crítica desde la cual podamos realizar un análisis sobre el papel que puede jugar la comunicación para contribuir a la construcción de aquel ideal utópico que es “la paz en la tierra”. Este trabajo propone una mirada alternativa a la comunicación, entendida como instrumento de paz, herramienta de intervención en la resolución de conflictos y en la búsqueda de la justicia, a través de la concertación y del fortalecimiento de la participación ciudadana. La primera parte del texto se propone aclarar conceptos tales como paz, comunicación, formación de tejido comunitario, diálogo participativo, redes sociales y gestión de conflictos, a través de un recorrido por diversos ejes y perspectivas de trabajo paradigmáticas así como por metodologías, herramientas, competencias, capacidades y conocimientos que son constitutivos de esta mirada. La segunda parte del texto se enfoca hacia un análisis de algunos medios y herramientas comunicativas de carácter comunitario, con el objetivo de describir cómo funciona, de manera concreta, la comunicación para la paz.

Latinoamérica indígena en el siglo XXI : primera década

This report, prepared by a World Bank team, presents a critical review of the data available and the main challenges facing indigenous Latin Americans with the aim of contributing to these discussions. The report is based on microdata extracted from censuses in 16 countries and household surveys in 9 countries, as well as on a review of secondary data, regulatory frameworks, and regional experiences.

The report is also available in English and Portuguese.

Cultures with Vivendi: Intercultural Dialogue

This section provides bridges between continents, invites to learn more about other cultures and fosters a spirit of openness via a number of testimonials and reports.

"Culture(s) with Vivendi" is in line with Vivendi's corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to promote cultural diversity, facilitate access to knowledge, encourage the expression of talent and participation in cultural life, and promote a spirit of openness.

Launched on 21 May 2012, Culture(s) with Vivendi aims at providing a concrete illustration of the role played by cultural and creative industries in fostering economic growth, enhancing social cohesion and fuelling innovation. The website is composed of four parts:

  • the "Artist Inspiration" section shows the diversity of musical and cinematographic influences that help artistic creativity to flourish;

  • the "Creative jobs" section presents the value chain and the wealth of career paths within the cultural industries, explained by actual professionals in the field

  • the "Intercultural Dialogue" section demonstrates the linkages between culture and mutual understanding;

  • the "De Facto" section puts culture at the heart of sustainable development through facts and figures, testimonies and reports. "De Facto"  is a forum for those to want to highlight the linkages between culture, human development, openness, access to knowledge and fight against poverty. It serves as a resource center gathering the statements on why and how culture should be integrated within the new world sustainable development agenda and the Millennium Goals that will be agreed on for 2015-2030.

See UNESCO’s Newest World Heritage Sites

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization convened in Manama, Bahrain, for the 42nd session of the annual World Heritage Committee. Representatives from 21 States Parties were tasked with selecting new World Heritage sites, monitoring the conservation of current sites, and reviewing the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Nominees must meet one of 10 criteria—six cultural and four natural—ranging from Earth's most biodiverse landscapes to artistic works of universal significance. This year, the committee recognized 19 new sites for their “outstanding universal value,” extended the boundaries of Central Sikhote-Alin, a Russian biosphere reserve, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef from the List of World Heritage in Danger

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations,” according to UNESCO's mission statement. “Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

Official documents
Development and Cultural Diversity for Reduction of Poverty and Social Inclusion

The Programme promotes the revaluation of culture, inclusion and intercultural dialogue as a means to reduce this discrimination and to break the cycle of poverty affecting these groups.