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UNESCO Survey on Intercultural Dialogue 2017: Analysis of Findings

By the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 2018, 57 pages

The new report, entitled UNESCO Survey on Intercultural Dialogue 2017: Analysis of Findings, presents the findings of a groundbreaking survey developed by the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The Survey was designed to evaluate the conceptual understanding of intercultural dialogue across member states and the extent to which this impacts current policy and legislation. It also identified the difficulties in gathering reliable and relevant data, and how policy changes could promote intercultural dialogue in the future. The results provide a unique perspective on country-specific policies on intercultural dialogue, and offer a point of analysis for monitoring and policymaking purposes.

Key findings include:

  • Defining intercultural dialogue: Context is crucial to defining and applying intercultural dialogue.
  • Policy framework: The majority of respondents (71%) state that an intercultural dialogue policy is in place in their country, while only 38% of respondents confirmed the existence of a definition of intercultural dialogue at the national level.
  • Challenges: Past and present conflicts and violence represent significant and complex challenges to bringing different people together in dialogue.
  • Enabling factors: An environment based on respect, tolerance and acceptance is essential to enable intercultural dialogue to thrive.

The publication is available at uis.unesco.org/en/document/unesco-survey-intercultural-dialogue-2017-analysis-findings