- May 21 -

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Diversity Day, officially known as 'The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development', is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.   The General Conference of the United Nations Educational,...

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Diversity Day, officially known as 'The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development', is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in Paris, France, on November 2, 2001. It was the 249th resolution adopted at the 57th session of the United Nations General Conference. Although the declaration was the culmination of years of work, it was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This reaffirmed the need for intercultural dialogue to prevent segregation and fundamentalism.

The year 2002 was the United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage. At the end of that year, on December 20, 2002, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The General Assembly emphasized links between the protection of cultural diversity and the importance of dialogue between civilizations in the modern world. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was first observed in 2003.

Various events are organized to increase the understanding of issues around cultural diversity and development among governments, non-governmental organizations and the public.
Events include:
- Seminars for professionals
- Educational programs for children and young adolescents.
- The launch of collaborations between official agencies and ethnic groups.
- Exhibitions to help people understand the history of various cultural groups and the influence on their own identities.
- Celebrations to create greater awareness of cultural values and the need to preserve them.
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development tends to be marked in countries that embraced their varied cultural history and acknowledged the importance of embracing it.
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Day_for_Cultural_Diversity_for_Dialogue_and_Development
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-day-cultural-diversity-dialogue

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Anti Terrorism Day
Rapture Party Day - Judgment Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Global category.

World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. 3...

World Move for Health Day

May 10 is World Move for Health Day, created by the World Health Organization, to promote physical well being. The South African slogan for the campaign is; 'Vuka South Africa, Move for your health'. The initiative encourages all South Africans to take responsibility for their health, by engaging...

International Beer Day

International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and back yards all over the world -- It's a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, and rejoice in the greatness of beer! International Beer Day (IBD) is an August...

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It...

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food...

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

'Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.' – Joseph Wresinski The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet