UNESCOforVICENZA (U4V) is a working group founded in June 2016. Its purpose is to help and support the initiatives of citizens from Vicenza, but not only, that favour the conservation and promotion of the true value of the UNESCO site“City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of Veneto”.
U4V operates by means of cultural actions, publicly engaging through U4V•MAG, its web-based magazine, inspired by the founding principles declared in the Preamble of UNESCO Constitution Act, in the related UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in the values expressed in The Charter of Values of Voluntary Service.
U4V intends to enhance and promote the Palladian style, the first and foremost value of Urbanism as expression of civilization, culture and peace.
PREAMBLE of UNESCO CONSTITUTION ACTS 1946
«Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed»…
«The wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfill in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern …
A peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind…»
This is what we can read in the Preamble of the UNESCO Constitution Act that therefore it aims «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 or race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations».
This endeavour has been strengthened over the years and is further reflected with the adoption, in the year 2001, of the UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity by which means the international community has reaffirmed its agreement that compliance of cultural diversity and dialogue represent the best guarantee towards growth and peace.