World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development also known as Diversity Day is an annual event observed on May 21 to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.
Observed on: May 21
Organized by: UN, UNESCO
Introduced in: 2001 (UN Proclamation)
About World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Every year May 21 is observed as Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In November 2001 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day is also known as Diversity Day. This day is observed to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.
This observance is important as there are many conflicts occurring around the world which have cultural dimension. Observance of this day helps in reducing the gap between cultures so that to help in development, peace and stability. It also helps in growth in social and economic aspects of people.
The cultural diversity is to be maintained for proper development of society. In the same time acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity is needed.
The four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:
1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
Activities and Programs on Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Many organizations and governments are organizing different functions and events to increase the understanding of issues around cultural diversity and development. Some of the programs include seminars, educational programs, exhibitions, awareness programs and campaigns, etc.
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) and other media plays an important role in the celebration by providing programs to respect, accept and recognize cultural diversity.