UNESCO withdraws from the events celebrating World Philosophy Day in Tehran
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, has decided to disassociate the Organization from the World Philosophy Day event scheduled from 21 to 23 November in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
As the Secretariat was not fully consulted on all aspects related to this international event, the Director-General considers that the conditions necessary to guarantee the effective organization of a UN international conference have not been met. Philosophy Day has been celebrated by UNESCO every year since 2002, on the third Thursday of November, both at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and other cities around the world. The General Conference of UNESCO established World Philosophy Day in 2005. UNESCO’s objective is to promote an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.“Philosophy, Cultural Diversity and Rapprochement of Cultures” is the theme of this year’s celebration on 18 November 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters, within the framework of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.