Cultural Sustainability and International Dialogue

By Robert Zack.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In order for Cultural Sustainability to be effective, the internal dynamics of international institutions must be powerful enough to generate the intended result, an effect which itself is constantly evolving and improving.
One way to achieve this is through participating in a program initiated by UNESCO: International Philosophy Day. In 2002 the United Nations’ UNESCO headquarters in France declared the third Thursday of November to be International Philosophy Day, an occasion for people throughout the world to reflect upon the importance of critical thinking, world peace, international cooperation and the love of wisdom. It addresses such questions as “Can philosophy create paths for the emancipation of humanity?” and “How can philosophical dialogue help to encourage human rights, democracy, and critical citizenship?” Better understanding of all traditions of thought in the world is necessary to promote Cultural Sustainability, as the love of wisdom is a universal heritage.

Keywords: UNESCO, Philosophy, ESU, English

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.167-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 931.847KB).

Robert Zack

Student, St. John Fisher College International Studies Department, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA

Robert Zack is a graduate of the International Studies program at St. John Fisher College, where he has coordinated its annual International Philosophy Day conference since 2003. He has also been a representative at International Philosophy Day events in Santiago, Chile, Marrakech, Morocco, Moscow, Russia, and Paris, France.


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