In the Constitution of the UNESCO delivered on 16 November 1945, whereas declared: the purpose of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as assigned to it by its Constitution, is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations, Whereas it is essential, if the Organization is to achieve this purpose, that in each Member State it should have the active support of the intellectual and scientific communities and the cooperation of the population.
The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) posits that a better knowledge of human behaviour is indispensable to a greater understanding of the world’s peoples, and identifies cooperation among scholars and non-academic partners as the appropriate lever for fostering such knowledge and its dissemination.
The World Humanities Conference, gathered at Liège in 2017 upon the call launched by CIPSH and UNESCO, was intended to establish a midterm agenda to face contemporary epistemological and societal challenges from the perspective of the contribution of the humanities. In that context, CIPSH and UNESCO-MOST assigned Mémoire de l’Avenir to launch the Arts and Society Project, aimed at World Humanities conferences in 2017 and beyond.
The outcome documents of the 2017 World Humanities Conference specified that in order to conceive new ways of teaching the humanities, we must foster disciplinary research along with interdisciplinary cooperation within all domains of science and the humanities, including philosophy, history, literature and languages, arts and letters, as well as non- academic knowledge. This holistic approach integrates natural sciences with social and human sciences, including the arts as well as traditional knowledge.
As a result of the 2017 WHC, the Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society has linked with the Arts and Society Project to create the Humanities, Arts and Society Project, in a new engagement to face the new challenges that have been increasingly affecting societies subject to extreme situations of violent social and economic conflict, ecological transformation, and questions of multiculturalism, pluralism and human rights.
The new project has been approved by UNESCO, by CIPSH, and by all of the 21 scholarly world federations affiliated with CIPSH.