World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent for peace and development. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a fulfilling intellectual, moral and spiritual life. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
In the message on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity celebrations Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO said, “this year’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated in the context of uncertainty and anxiety. However, by dint of coordinated action, original initiatives and creativity, this imposed downtime has made it possible to see what is one of humanity’s riches: our diversity”.
At the end of the same message reaffirmed the UNESCO appeals to all: together, let us celebrate and support cultural diversity, symbol of our humanity.