Division of Intercultural Dialogue of UNESCO
Interreligious Dialogue Programme
An International Survey on Education and Teaching
of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
In a globalized world where intra- and
interreligious conflicts remain unabated, many
men and women of good will deem it necessary
to grant greater attention to spiritual matters in
the pursuit of peace in the mind of men.
Intercultural and interreligious dialogues are then
seen as ever more essential tools for human
development and peace building.
In this view, UNESCO’s Interreligious
Dialogue Programme has set its objectives to
promote peaceful contact between peoples and
facilitate dialogue between the various religions,
spiritual traditions and humanistic trends.
Representatives of different religions and
spiritual traditions as well as laymen of various
backgrounds met at several occasions in order to
evaluate and express the degree of proximity
spiritual values and
commitment to the interreligious dialogue.
Beginning with the Declaration of Barcelona on
the role of religions and the promotion of peace
(1994) and the Proposals of Rabat at the
International Encounter of Specialists for the
« Roads of Faith » project
Interreligious Dialogue Programme at UNESCO
has served as a focal point for intercultural
Since its launching, UNESCO’s Interreligious
Dialogue Programme has been successful in
carrying out its two main activities, which are
• the encouragement of education and teaching
in the field of interreligious dialogue (e.g.
through the publication of pedagogical material),
• the creation of a network of UNESCO Chairs
on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue.
There are presently ten UNESCO Chairs on
Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue.
The UNESCO Chairs on Intercultural and
Interreligious Dialogue were created within well