UNESCO's Work in Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace

The Organization supports and implements a number of diverse programs and other initiatives to encourage a more peaceful world, as shown below in the following sample. More information on UNESCO and its full range of activities can be found here.


Global Citizenship Education: Taking it local (GCED)

The goal of UNESCO's, Global Citizenship Education: Takin it Local, new advocacy report in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding is to identify national concepts that convey similar notions to those in GCED, as starting points to teaching it. Report shows the links between national and traditional concepts and the ideas at the heart of GCED. Report addresses issues of sometimes viewing GCED as an ideal that places global challenges over local needs, as a "luxury" in countries experiencing conflicts or deep poverty of perceiving "global" by some as being equal to 'Western".


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Read more about the program here.


Preventing Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) in Central Asia: A Sub-Regional Capacity Building Workshop

Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2018

The workshop was organized by UNESCO Headquarters and the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (Almaty, Kazakhstan), in cooperation with UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, in the context of the UNESCO/UNODC partnership on "Global Citizenship Education for the Rule of Law: Doing the Right Thing". The workshop specifically focused on the role of education in the prevention of violent extremism, including as and if conducive to terrorism. As reflected in UNESCO's mandate in this area (197 EX/Decision 46), this included addressing the drivers of violent extremism.

Read more about the PVE-E program here.


Promoting discussion on transboundary issues at the 7th Africa Water Week: The role of science in building peace and international cooperation in transboundary waters.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) presented on the importance of science-based decision-making for more sustainable management of the Lake Chad. In addition to the LCBC, the session convened representatives of 3 other African River Basin Organisations: the Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS), the Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM), the Commission Internationale du Bassin Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS), as well as the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal to discuss what are the needs of Member States in improving transboundary basin management, and how the scientific community could best respond to these needs. There is clearly a need for robust, accessible and actionable science to support evidence based decision making for a peaceful and sustainable management of transboundary waters in Africa.


Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law through Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists

Ukraine, 2018

The three-day workshop aimed to foster a dialogue between law enforcement officers and the media. Law enforcement participants learned to put themselves in the shoes of journalists, and vice versa. The project was implemented in the framework of the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


Read more about the workshop here.


Promoting capacity for peaceful management of water in Iran and Afghanistan

Water professionals from Iran and Afghanistan gathered for the first time at UNESCO HQ in January 2018 to learn about the benefits of water cooperation. The training focused on knowledge of international law, hydrological science, and skills such as effective dialogue and negotiation.

Read more about the workshop here.



In the lead-up to the United Nations High-Level Conference to formally adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, UNESCO opened “Radio MIG”, a temporary radio station operated by young community journalists from the southern Mediterranean region and sub-Saharan Africa. The radio station is unique in its approach as it gathers young people from the region to strengthen their abilities in reporting on stories that media cover migration, but also hate speech, as the two in many aspects are closely related.

Read more about RADIO.MIG here.


Reinforcing the role of media in promoting diversity of cultural expressions

Rwanda 2018

UNESCO organized a media workshop organized by UNESCO in May 2018 in Kigali to reinforce the role of media in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions in Rwanda. The two-day workshop, funded by the Government of Sweden, brought together 25 media practitioners from across the country to reflect on the role of media in covering the national culture policy and promoting media diversity and cultural pluralism in Rwanda. Participants ranged from community radio representatives to journalists, web editors and television reporters.

Read more about the media workshop here.


E-Platform on intercultural dialogue

This E-Platform showcases the meaningful role of radio in intercultural dialogue, notably under the following dimensions:

  • Raising awareness on the importance of appreciating cultural diversity
  • Conflict resolution with content strategies to facilitate dialogue between opposed groups
  • Empowerment of marginalized groups through media training
  • Ethics when it comes reporting

You can access the E-Platform here.