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Encyclopedia of Conceptual Insights from the World's Cultures

Proposal to UNESCO in relation to the Decade on Cultural Development (Part #1)

A. Background
Varieties of "conceptual insight"
Recent insight identifying exercise: a concrete example
Examples of possible collaborating/supporting bodies

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A. Background

1. The UNESCO Decade on Cultural Development was launched in 1987. With the new direction being articulated within UNESCO, this offers a number of possibilities for new kinds of approach to the question of "culture". UNESCO will not necessarily have any funds to support such initiatives however, but other forms of support and encouragement might well be possible.

2. The 1986 Lomé Convention contains special provisions for cultural development, currently administered by Directorate General VIII (Development) of the Commission of the European Communities. Some funds for this are being used to facilitate the operations of the Foundation for Cultural Coopertion ACP-EEC and of the South-North Network on Cultures and International Cooperation (with which the UIA has developed some links). Whilst it is unlikely that funds would be forthcoming in support of any new initiative, such bodies might be very interested in cooperating in a concrete project requiring relatively limited effort.

3. There exist many organizations (such as the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), groups and individuals interested in the insights characteristic of different cultures. Further examples are given below (see also Annex III.B).

4. In 1986 the UIA produced an Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential [updated 1994-5] which contains several sections on different aspects of the question of communication, some of which emphasize the inter-cultural aspect and its special problems. These problems have been further explored in separate UIA studies for projects of the United Nations University which also has active programmes on culture and cultural development.

ited Nations University which also has active programmes on culture and cultural development.