Editorial Comment: UNESCO has focused on producing cultures of peace and on education for sustainable development. It is perhaps time for it to utilize all aspects of its program to produce cultural changes, moving not only toward a culture of sustainability and peace, but a culture of lifelong learning, tolerance of minorities, and respect for human rights. As Erik Assadourian suggests in the video presentation, key tools in changing culture are education, business, government, communications media and social movements. UNESCO not only has the power to draw on cultural leaders around the world, but it is the lead agency in the U.N. system in education and communications, and has strong linkages with governments, business and civil society.
(The opinions expressed in this posting are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for UNESCO.)