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“The Spirit of Bali” Declaration: Using new and traditional communication technologies to build peace

From January 21 to 23, 2007, UNESCO and the Indonesian government held a three-day world forum in Bali on the Power of Peace. Over 200 participants—representing UNESCO Member States, governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and the media—adopted “The Spirit of Bali” declaration at the end of the conference. The declaration foresees that the new Power of Peace Network will « contribute to enhance cultural self-expression and interaction, inter-faith dialogue, and to bridge the information gap between people » in line with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.” It should be noted that the Convention stipulates “ that cultural diversity, flourishing within a framework of democracy, tolerance, social justice and mutual respect between peoples and cultures, is indispensable for peace and security at the local, national and international levels.” The UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity also reaffirms “that freedom of thought, expression and information, as well as diversity of the media, enable cultural expressions to flourish within societies.” The Bali Declaration further calls on UNESCO “to explore the ways forward to create an innovative mechanism to promote peace through media and ICTs [information and communication technologies].” The Cultural Diversity News Bulletin will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments.

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