As the UNESCO Director-General, Mr. Federico Mayor, said at the opening of the
had previously sat around the same
((the contributions made by our Organization the United Nations are founded on dyerent they bring together scientific components - sense of the word - and cultural and ethical
to thefamily of points of view; in the strictest knowledge)).
Indeed UNESCO integrated holistic
has always placed the approaches, in dealing
importance in the the Organization’s
environmental and cultural development, population, human rights and
transcultural education, between disciplines and
challenges that of knowledge.
It is in fact incumbent on UNESCO, because of its intellectual vocation, awareness of the uniqueness and special relevance of transdisciplinarity,
to heighten as an urgent
In this view, transdisciplinarity
working against the fragmentation of knowledge
carried out in the name of the excesses of hyperspecialization,
disciplines - which have
represents a positive answer to the tendency to become just
obstacles and vice versa.
The concept of transdisciplinarity UNESCO. Faced with the speed
has achieved of change and
increasingly wide recognition within growing complexity of the world and
the new challenges of history, the Organization
has endeavoured to introduce of its programmes’ design and
In this light, UNESCO’s action -
increasingly designed in terms of transdisciplinary
projects and developed on the basis of a thematic, rather than sectoral, approach - brings together various areas of knowledge and tries to find practical solutions to crucial problems of development whose intricacy calls for holistic methods.
These projects transdisciplinary
try to express, approach which
both is of
conceptually and methodologically, fundamental importance in seeking a
understanding of the modern world, General Conference and, in particular, the plenary sessions.
as was shown during the debates at the last in the statements by the heads of delegation at