Taking the promotion of a culture of peace and intercultural dialogue forward in the United Nations system

16 October 2015

The UN Secretary-General’s Report on UN-wide actions for promoting a culture of peace and interreligious and intercultural dialogue for understanding, cooperation and peace has just been released.

The Report provides an overview of activities that have been carried out by the main United Nations entities working in this domain, outlining also UNESCO’s lead role in the implementation of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).  

In the conclusions and recommendations, the Report emphasizes that: “(…) the United Nations system needs to adequately respond to the increasingly complex challenges that the world is facing by recognizing that people are being brought together in ways that were unimaginable when the United Nations was created. Adapting to current trends, aligning strategies and supporting the work adequately will prove crucial for the effectiveness and credibility of the United Nations work in this area. In the context of the upcoming agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will guide the global development agenda beyond 2015, achieving a culture of peace and strengthening intercultural and interreligious dialogue has never been as important as it is today.”

The Report and its follow-up resolutions will be discussed during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in December 2015.