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The Exhibition


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The Writing Peace exhibition forms part of the global effort by UNESCO to raise awareness on the various forms of transmission of culture and heritage down the ages, and the convergence of values conductive to peace, through a number of alphabets and other writing systems used in various parts of the world that transcend time and space.

There are thirty scripts portrayed at the exhibition, presented in chronological order, as they are part of the mosaic existence of present day writing systems. They represent only a small fraction of the vast wealth of which they form in part. Each script portrayal shows the word for “peace” and the first letter or character is combined in the logo of the exhibition.

The Writing Peace exposition originally opened on 21 September 2012, the International Day of Peace, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

It constitutes one of the major activities of the Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence adopted by UNESCO's General Conference at its 36th session, in November 2011.

The exhibition affirms UNESCO’s commitment to a new humanism, reflecting in concrete terms its essential mission: “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed” (Preamble of the Constitution of UNESCO). The objective of this exhibition is to raise awareness on the various forms of transmissions of culture and heritage down the ages, and the convergence of values conducive to peace, through a number of alphabets and other writing systems used in various parts of the world that transcend time and space.

The exhibition was realized thanks to a generous contribution by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue.

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