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UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity as a human right states that:

"The cultural wealth of the world is diversity in dialog"

"The Universal Declaration makes it clear that each individual must acknowledge not only otherness in all its forms but also the plurality of his or her own identity, within societies that call themselves plural. Only in this way can identity be preserved as an adaptive process and as a capacity for expression, creation, and innovation."

"This Declaration, which sets against inward-looking fundamentalism the prospect of a more open, creative, and democratic world, is now one of the founding texts of the new ethics promoted by UNESCO in the early twentieth century. My hope is that one day it may acquire the same force at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." -- Koichiro Matsuura

by John Culpepper on Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 at 01:08:48 AM EST
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