The landmark UNESCO publication, Agree to Differ, was launched on Tuesday 18th May, on Day One of the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku. This book is part of a celebration of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures which runs from 2013 to 2022. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) accepted an invitation to provide a contribution to the publication and Director Tracey McIntosh has written a section titled ‘Sites of understanding and transformation: Māori and cross-cultural research’. The publication includes contributions from many esteemed academics and authors from around the globe, detailing their work in enhancing the mutual understanding and reciprocal knowledge of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity, conributing to the ongoing reconciliation efforts between cultures, building frameworks for commonly shared values which foster social cohesion, proposing and disseminating intercultural dialogue through education and the media and fostering conversations around sustainable development and its ethical, social and cultural dimensions. NPM has been asked to host a copy of the book on our website, and a digital version can now be accessed below. You can also access an interactive copy of the E-Book on the Tudor Rose site from this page.
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Family Futures has been published by Tudor Rose, a commercial publisher and information provider with considerable experience in UN publishing since 1999 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014. It is a fully illustrated 200-page book with sixty authors relating their efforts in the three priority areas guiding the preparations for the 20th anniversary: Confronting family poverty; Ensuring work-family balance; Advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity.
The authors include Heads of State, National Government Ministers, academics and civil society representatives and includes chapters from Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie on WhānauOra: strengtheningMāori families in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Associate Professor Tracey Mckintosh on Māori whānauwell-being: addressing child and family poverty. Their commentaries draw up on experiences around the world reflecting the importance of strengthening the role of the family in present and future societies. The book contains examples of family programmes in 74 separate countries.
By focusing on different levels of society, but particularly the experiences and livelihoods of local communities in vulnerable human habitats, it projects the benefits of experience in improving the lives of families worldwide, and a dvance shared commitment to the importance of families as both agents and beneficiaries of sustainable development and their particular role in advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity. In this latter respect, Family Futures amplifies and contributes to the international dialogue that is being created by the 20th Anniversary of the IYF. As an outreach publication it will be used to emphasize the role of families in sustainable human development and highlight the ongoing benefits that the Year has generated. The digital edition is available at http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/family-futures/
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga contributions, by our researchers, Sir Mason Durie and Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh, start on pages 45 and 115 respectively.