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Javier Perez de Cuellar on UNESCO and the Cultural Dimension of Development

October 21, 1992

The cultural dimension of development, on which UNESCO was the first to place the emphasis, should therefore be at the core of the Commission’s work. This dimension is today all the more crucial in that culture and knowledge are tending to occupy an ever more important place in production, the economy and indeed all human activity. It is, moreover, culture that moulds our acts and our patterns of behaviour. For it includes not only the physical heritage but also the ‘non-physical heritage’, the symbolic, ethical and spiritual heritage. It is not mere elitist commerce with works of the mind; it is language, thinking, innovation, creation, critical discernment and action that exerts an impact upon the world.


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