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UNESCO representatives made all the participants in the Symposium aware of some of these transdisciplinary projects by clarifying their main distinctive features:

  • a.

    at the conceptual level, they deal in an integrated manner with questions that, although interdependent, had hitherto been considered separately, while,

  • b.

    at methodological level, they seek to combine, within a single action plan, the contributions of education, the sciences, culture and communication.

Among the many other transdisciplinary projects (e.g., MOST, MAB, Ethics of Science

and etc.)

Technology, Educating the Universal Ethics

for a Sustainable Future, Learning Project was mentioned as one of

Without Frontiers, the expressions of

UNESCO’s long-standing concern of ethical values and norms. This collective efforts towards peace

to articulate a common, cross-cultural substratum substratum is intended to be used as the basis for and development, as well as for peaceful and

productive interaction among Universal Ethics Project tries ethical thinking of the global

nations and societies. It was pointed out how the to integrate the best of the current philosophical and community, by involving individuals and institutions

representing recognition

different disciplines, traditions and points of diversity need not lead to a relativism of

of view, in the belief values and norms.



In the end, UNESCO’s Culture of Peace Project was presented. It was explained how this major transdisciplinary project aims at promoting values, attitudes and behaviours that will empower people to seek peaceful solutions to problems. This project incorporates and integrates all the innovative projects and activities which all Sectors of the Organization are actively developing, together with a wide range of partners, to foster the advancement of a global movement for a Culture of Peace.

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Through such projects and initiatives, UNESCO has learned how difficult and critical it is to establish a transdisciplinary approach.

It was explained that, while many of the attempts have been successful, others have

shown the difficulties of inter-sectoral Nonetheless, the numerous ‘border incidents’


and inter-disciplinary co-operation. encountered in the course of these co-

operations, have oRen proved to be fruitful.

One of the main things UNESCO has learned from its past experiences is that the mobility of knowledge does call for a permanent shifting of intellectual borders, as

well as for the creation of a cross-border territory.

It has been clear, indeed, that there is no contribution

, however modest in appearance

or reality, which, under cross-fertilizing stone of a new conceptual structure.

influences, cannot one day become the corner

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