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“Film is vital to fostering cultural diversity, and promoting mutual understanding, dialogue and peace. It is for this reason that UNESCO forged its link with APSA which it sees as a most important cultural initiative, not just in the Asia Pacific region, but globally.” – Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

 

Message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova

 

In 2001, UNESCO Member States adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. Representatives of what would become the Asia Pacific Screen Awards attended the debate in Paris. Their idea of a major film award to promote the objectives of the Universal Declaration was accepted by UNESCO and was launched in Queensland six year later.

I believe that this story embodies the idea expressed in the UNESCO Constitution that “the wide diffusion of culture and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to human dignity and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfill in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern”.

Film is a most privileged way by which ideas, values and knowledge about the human condition can be expressed and shared widely. Film is more than an art form – it is a platform for social transformation, and this is why we must support all filmmakers who help us think deeper and dream bigger, as individuals, as citizens.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards celebrates films from countries across the region and from many categories, to encourage dialogue between cultures and to deepen exchanges, for greater respect and mutual understanding. Now in its eighth year, I wish to congratulate the Brisbane City Council for supporting the awards and all its efforts to nurture and highlight cultural diversity for the benefit of all. I thank all those involved in acclaiming films from Asia Pacific region for their contribution to sharing the wealth of all humanity.