||Issue No. 188||25 July 2003|
Solidarity Gets Sexy
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
Industrial: Just Doing It
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
Unions: National Focus
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Technology: Dean for President
International: Rangoon Rumble
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Review: From Weakness to Strength
The Locker Room
Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
More on Bullies
And More …
Letters to the Editor
The New Globalism
In September 2000, on the eve of the United Nations Millennium Summit the round table debate on dialogue among civilisations was organised by UNESCO and UN. At this occasion Koffi Annan, Secretary General of the UN, stated that alongside an infinite diversity of cultures now evolves a new global civilisation. Its fundamental principles are the celebration of cultural diversity, tolerance of dissent, and universal human rights. The cultural diversity - in his opinion - is not only the basis for the dialogue among civilisations, but also the reality that makes dialogue necessary, since the perception of diversity as a threat is the very seed of war.
Koďchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, added that active and mutually enriching exchange between cultures is essential to furthering peace between nations and communities. Knowledge of the cultures of others and listening to what they have to say - dispels hatred, ignorance and mistrust, and helps to build peace both internationally and in the community. Thus cultural dialogue leads to long-term understanding, and helps to sow the seeds of peace.
In our world there exist numerous civilisations which can enrich one another and share essential common values, interests and concerns. People grown up in them need to increase their mutual understanding, and this requires a new "education for dialogue" instead of the old education in the national spirit. Closer international and community co-operation requires a new information network promoting cultural dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.
Those invited to the UN roundtable 2003 are representatives of religious, cultural and political organizations and communities, academics, politicians, and national and international agencies located in Australia and abroad. Dialogue participants will come with some expertise or influence in a relevant area or come with special concerns about these issues.
For exact details of location, transport and accommodation and bookings please visit our web site or contact us and we will fax or email further details.
Regards Wendy Sargent
(co-ordinator of UNDAC Network)
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