UNESCO supports the vision of Turkmenistan in all areas covered by its mandate, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations Firmin Edouard Matoko said in a video message on the occasion of the launch of the International Year of Peace and Trust.
On behalf of UNESCO, he thanked the Government of Turkmenistan for its commitment to strengthening peace and trust in relations between countries and communities, political dialogue based on mutual understanding and cooperation, and achieving lasting peace and solidarity.
“UNESCO, as the leading UN agency in advancing the culture of peace, welcomes Turkmenistan’s efforts to mobilize the international community around these goals, and the Organization stands ready to support Turkmenistan fully in this important undertaking,” said Mr. Matoko.
As the UNESCO Constitution states, lasting peace “must be based, for the avoidance of failure, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity” of humanity – so, the core activities of this UN agency is to build peace through cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information.
Mr. Firmin Edouard Matoko noted the need for a global effort to change the way of thinking and actions of people. He noted the exceptional role of education in the formation of a culture of peace between and within countries, creating an atmosphere of tolerance and rejection of violence, harmony of people with nature, which will give rise to new ways of consumption and production.
Mr. Matoko also emphasized an equally powerful impact of the media on attitudes and behavior in society. In his view, access to clear factual information is key to promoting a culture of peace.
“This is why it is so important to improve media literacy and respect cultural diversity as crucial aspects of civic education for peace,” said Mr. Firmin Edouard Matoko.