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Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue: UNESCO World Report
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2009 | 402 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-104077-1
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This report analyzes all aspects of cultural diversity, which has emerged as a key concern of the international community in recent decades, and maps out new approaches to monitoring and shaping the changes that are taking place. It highlights, in particular, the interrelated challenges of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and the way in which strong homogenizing forces are matched by persistent diversifying trends. The report proposes a series of ten policy-oriented recommendations, to the attention of States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, international and regional bodies, national institutions and the private sector on how to invest in cultural diversity.
Emphasizing the importance of cultural diversity in different areas (languages, education, communication and new media development, and creativity and the marketplace) based on data and examples collected from around the world, the report is also intended for the general public. It proposes a coherent vision of cultural diversity and clarifies how, far from being a threat, it can become beneficial to the action of the international community.

Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Media and Information Literacy
Cultural literacy / Intercultural / Cross-cultural / Multi-cultural
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Multilingual / Bilingual / Mother tongue
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education


Cultural diversity; Cultural education; Intercultural communication; Universal education
International education