The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is commemorated each year on 21st May. This day serves to raise public awareness of the diversity of the world’s cultures and to emphasise the importance of cultural diversity. This day was established to promote peace, stability, and progress by transcending cultural divides. People all throughout the world must recognise the value of cultural diversity in order to live in peace.
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History of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Following a terrorist attack in the year of 2001 that resulted in the destruction of the Bamyan Buddha statue in Afghanistan, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated this day as the “Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.” The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 21st May as The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in its resolution in December 2002, recognising the need to “strengthen the ability of culture as a way of accomplishing prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful co-existence.”
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It is an opportunity to reflect on how culture, in all of its manifestations, contributes to discourse, shared understanding, as well as the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainable development, from the tangible and intangible to creative industries and the diversity of cultural forms.
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