Updated: 2013-05-16 07:55

(China Daily)

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"There is no once and for all development mode. In the past two decades, we have seen many well-intended development programs. They failed because they failed to take cultural elements into consideration."

Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said at an international conference themed "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Wednesday. She also said culture is the best assessment for extensive and sustainable development.

(China Daily 05/16/2013 page2)