"This day is an invitation to rethink the conditions for inclusion and sustainability in societies that are increasingly diverse and ever more interconnected, between themselves and with their environment."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
2013 Theme: “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet”
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.
In 2005 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed that World Philosophy Day would be celebrated every third Thursday of November.
In 2013, World Philosophy Day will be held for the eleventh time on Thursday, 21 November with events organized at the international, national and local levels. They will enable their participants to share a multitude of views and experiences, fully respecting cultural diversity. This year’s World Philosophy Day celebrates philosophy in general, and at the same time offers an occasion for reflection on some of the major contemporary challenges, which are related to the general theme of the 2013 World Philosophy Day “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet”.
UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it. It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy.
On this Day of collective exercise in free, reasoned and informed thinking on the major challenges of our time, all of UNESCO’s partners (national governments, their public institutions and organizations, including National Commissions for UNESCO, relevant non-governmental organizations, associations, universities, institutes, schools, UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs, Associated Schools and Clubs and so forth) are encouraged to organize various types of activities - philosophical dialogues, debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations around the general theme of the Day, with the participation of philosophers and scientists from all branches of natural and social sciences, educators, teachers, students, press journalists and other mass media representatives, and the general public.