Culture

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Culture is an integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.

“Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterizes a society or a group. It includes creative expressions, community practices and material or built forms.”

Our Creative Diversity: The UN World Commisssion on Culture and Development Report

“I believe that strong and vibrant cultures themselves nurture tolerance and justice. All cultures worth the name protect support and encourage diversity; and justice is the practical mechanism which enables them to do so.

Tolerance and justice are not merely morally desirable ends, but tools which underpin society and enable it to function. In other words, tolerance and justice are not abstract concepts but expressions of culture in practice.

It follows that each society will express the values of tolerance and justice in a different way: for example, systems of administering justice differ very widely. But that does not mean the values themselves are incompatible from one society to another.”

Dr. Nafis Sadik, former UNFPA Executive Director

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