Theme: culture and ethics

Power of Culture,
29 November 2007, Netherlands

Cooperation is easier and conflicts are limited when people share convictions. We therefore need to look for ethical principles that are shared worldwide: global ethics. Standards and values are an integral part of any culture; hence, culture is the bedrock supporting every development. Culture can obstruct progress, but it can nevertheless be a tool for emancipation. Culture is also a goal in itself: it gives meaning to our existence. The same holds true for equal rights, responsibility for future generations, freedom of speech, and democracy: they stimulate progress, but are also the objective of development. 
This is one of the themes being tracked by 'Power of Culture', a website about culture and development.