GATE OF EUROPE
A proposal for cooperation with the European Union
the Spanish Instituto de Psicología Transcultural (
the framework “Dialogue among Civilizations” in a Sustainable
Human Development UNESCO-IPT-UCM.
a United and Solidarian
2nd March 2002
From the Spanish presidency of the European Union, building a United and Solidarian Europe in a world of integration, at the down of a new millennium…
PROPOSE the development of a Platform made by institutions and
organizations, both public and private, including all the people and
organizations interested in cooperation for the achievement of a
achieve this, in “Dialogue among Civilizations”, we start from
the educative and future-oriented project “Islam, heritage for all”,
and its pedagogic itinerant exhibition (bearing the same name)
as a relevant and coherent activity. This project is
organized by the
Fundación de Cultura Islámica (Islamic
Culture Foundation), in
- For the integration of peoples, as a bridge among cultures and civilizations,
- For human values, from both their humanist cultural tradition and the current human sciences,
- For human development,
- For peace…
propose the following heading for the future European Constitution:
the people of
With this aim we establish the social Platform “The Gate of Europe for Human Development”, whose main objectives are as follows:
Build the future of the European Union from the
basis of the
Millennium Declaration, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and every Declaration of
the United Nations system in collaboration with civil society.
This first objective is aimed at the global
development of human beings and peace, both inside and outside
As peace and the development of human values originate from people’s hearts and minds, we, at the Instituto de Psicología Transcultural take this as the basis and objective of our main activities.
the fact that one of the most important challenges at the beginning
of the millennium is the development of intercultural relations,
which is also a priority in the European Union, we take on board the
proposals made by the Fundación de Cultura Islámica, based in
is also necessary to consider that there is a real danger of a clash
between civilizations and a great amount of work is needed in order to
prevent it. This work is being done by the United
Nations and the Programmes designed by UNESCO and the
Instituto de Psicología Transcultural in
partnership with the Universidad Complutense of
The Instituto de Psicología Transcultural, in
association with UNESCO and the entities belonging to this Platform,
in this historical moment of transformation, where the world is
entering not only a new millennium but also a period of
transformation with psycho-social changes in a fast process of
intercultural connections, would like to express the following facts:
We consider that it is the responsibility of
Cross-Cultural Psychology to study, spread and apply
in a constructive way the laws of Human and Natural Sciences which
rule the processes of intercultural integration from both a
psychological and a social point of
view. The aim is to create a
new and dynamic world order based on sustainable
development, with all the richness of cultural diversity in
cooperation and solidarity, whose basis is to be found in agreed
universal common values specified in the Declarations made by the
We, therefore, consider that it is a priority to spread
and apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the common
objectives and values specified in the Millennium Declaration signed
by about 150 Heads of State from all over the world on
We are against racism, xenophobia and discrimination.
We believe that the
education must be based in human values and this is to be achieved
learning, paying special attention to the education of children and
the youth in
order to lay the foundations for these future men and women.
By signing this document we AGREE to cooperate from the
basis of the above-mentioned Declarations of the United Nations,
with all the support for the development and implementation of the
plans and projects already mentioned and any other future plan or
project along the line.
We, therefore, agree to the following points:
Collaborate with the permanent Interdisciplinary
Seminary on “The Culture of Peace and Non-Violence”
UNESCO-IPT-UCM, organized by
the Instituto de Psicología Transcultural, together with the
Universidad Complutense of
We should like to highlight
its main connected activity within the framework of the
Dialogue among Civilizations, particularly the itinerant Exhibition
“El Islam, patrimonio de todos” (Islam heritage for all),
pedagogically oriented and organized by the Fundación de Cultura
Islámica chaired by Prof. Cherif Abderrahman Jah, (Counselor of
Spread the knowledge about the above-mentioned
Exhibition by using all the means available.
Encourage activities carried out by Volunteers following the
in this Agreement and in the United Nations System.
2. – Encouraging, as far as possible, any related
activities whose characteristics contribute to the development of
human beings. This activities may be recognized by IPT as related to
the UNESCO Seminario Cultura de Paz (Seminary for Culture of Peace)
and also under the sponsorship of UNESCO and Emblematic Event of
the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
encourage also the inclusion and development of these
characteristics to contribute as far as possible towards peace
and human development in activities of any kind.
These characteristics are specified in the United
Nations Declarations mentioned above.
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
The following organizations and companies have sponsored and / or collaborated in
making this exhibition or its itinerary:
First of all we are grateful to you all for your collaboration and interest in our Thematic Action’s project “The Gate of Europe for Human Development” in connection with the European Union’s program Leonardo da Vinci.
The European Commission’s General Directorate for Education and Culture in Brussels has recently rejected our project as it did not comply with formal procedures; we are making the corrections needed so that we can submit it again next October, 2003.
So far, over 40 institutions in Europe have requested to work with us in partnership. We rely on your participation, unless we hear on the contrary, and after we had made the amendments needed we will report back to you.
We consider that we need to collaborate closely, now more than ever, to achieve intercultural understanding and human and professional development.
Also we would be obliged if, as collaborators on the platform of social action “The Gate of Europe for Human Development” UNESCO-IPT-UCM, you included the following links in a prominent place of your web page:
Presidente del Instituto de Psicología Transcultural y del Seminario Cultura de Paz de la UNESCO
Ctra. de Húmera, 63 chalet 1. 28224 POZUELO DE ALARCON (MADRID). ESPAÑA
Tl.: (34) 91-709.12.12 / Fx.: (34) 91-709.12.11 / firstname.lastname@example.org