What does a dialogue among civilizations mean? One could argue that in the world there are two groups of civilizations--one which perceives diversity as a threat and the other which sees it as an opportunity and an integral component for growth. The Year of Dialogue among Civilizations suggests us to revisit diversity and to seek a new system of relations based on inclusion. Hence, the goal of the Year is to nurture a dialogue that is both preventive of conflicts-when possible-and inclusive in nature.
To do this, Governments, the United Nations system and other relevant international and non-governmental organizations were invited by the United Nations General Assembly in November 1998 to plan and implement cultural, educational and social programmes to promote the concept of the dialogue among civilizations.
resolution adopted on
In August 1999, the postal administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran proposed to the Universal Postal Union to organise an international stamp-design competition for a common design to promote the Year of "Dialogue among Civilizations". As a result, the UPU invited all interested countries to organize a nation-wide competition for the design of the stamp and submit the winning design to the International Bureau.
Among the submitted designs from 28 participating countries, four finalists from India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Poland and Slovenia were selected at the UPU headquarters in Switzerland by an international jury that included a Swiss designer and a Swiss artist, a representative from the Swiss National Federation of Philately, a representative of the Swiss Post Office, a representative from the United Nations and a representative from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The winner was chosen at the general meeting of the World Association
for the Development of Philately, held in
After this year the activities in the field of dialogue among civilizations were continued, mostly coordinated by UNESCO.
Official website for the Year of Dialogue.
Dialogue among civilizations from UNESCO.
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
Catalogue - United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations
Republic of Moldova
Catalogue - Dialogue among Civilizations
UNOstamps subject page 001
last revised: 15 August 2010