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PANEL 3 Promoting Dignity, Equality and Mutual Respect among Human Beings

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This chapter has three sections covering: (1) advancing education for justice, liberty and peace; (2) fostering tolerance and mutual understanding among peoples; and (3) protection of human dignity during scientific and technological progress. The three sections explain how UNESCO standard-setting activities contribute to promoting tolerance and understanding, to achieving education for justice, liberty and peace, and to ensuring that scientific progress enhances human dignity. The conventions and declarations to which these sections refer contain many principles and rules that could well be regarded as self-evident. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine that any sensible person would today advocate discrimination in education, preach cultural intolerance or promote the advancement of science without due regard for human dignity. Yet, the fact that discrimination, intolerance and other forms of injustice persist is a reminder of UNESCO's continuing relevance.

Keywords: equality; human beings; human dignity; justice; liberty; mutual respect; mutual understanding; technological progress; tolerance; UNESCO standard-setting activities



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