Federico Mayor

Mayor, Federico

Mayor, Federico

Founder and Chairman, Foundation for a Culture of Peace; Former Director General of UNESCO

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Founder and Chairman, Foundation for a Culture of Peace; Former Director General of UNESCO

Prof. Federico Mayor is professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Rector of the University of Granada (1968-1972), Minister of Education and Science of Spain (1981-1982), Deputy Director General of UNESCO (1978-1981) and Director General of this Organization (1987-1999). President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace (2000/ ), which main activities focus on education for peace, human rights and democracy, struggle against poverty and exclusion, defence of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, and conflict prevention.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

Higher Education -Cornerstone of the New Era
Get Full Text in PDF “Many things are to be done and everything is possible,… But who, if not all?” Miquel Martí i Pol Abstract For the first time in history, because of digital technology, human beings are able to express themselves freely and participate in society: they have turned from passive spectators to actors. They are not silent, obedient and fearful anymore. They know what happens on planet Earth on the whole, becoming world citizens in the process. And,...
Peace on Earth at Last
Get Full Text in PDF “The time of silence, domination and fear has come to an end” Abstract Thanks to citizen power the dictum“Si vis pacem, para bellum” can now be replaced by the motto that will mark a new era: “Si vis pacem, para verbum”. Multiple factors will gradually produce a “change of attitude” at the personal level, in free citizens who are persuaded that new paths and new guidelines have to be found. Citizen power will lead the transition from an economy of speculation, production...
Urgent: A New Era, New Solutions*
Get Full Text in PDF “There is no challenge beyond the reach of the creative capacity of humanity” -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1963 Abstract “We have to invent our future. Inertia is the biggest enemy becauseit leads us to deal with new problems using old solutions.” We have to invent our future. Never before have so many things changed so quickly. In the digital era, human beings are no longer invisible, silent and obedient. As the Earth Charter says in its beginning: “We must join...
For a Universal Declaration of Democracy
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The Charter of the UN, which was adopted on behalf of the “Peoples of the United Nations”, reaffirms the “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small”… However, the term “democracy” is not used by any of its provisions. It is only in the preamble of UNESCO’s Constitution that the “democratic principles” are mentioned: “dignity, equality and mutual respect”......