WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT

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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.  UN Photos/R. Bariornas

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001, and in 2002, the UN General Assembly declared 21 May as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.  According to the UN, three-quarters of all the conflicts around the world have cultural dimension to them. In her message to mark the 2019 World Cultural Diversity Day, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay stressed that a diverse world is not only more peaceful; it is also more prosperous and more equitable. She noted that diversity takes many forms, but the language is perhaps one of the first we encounter as social beings. Language is what defines our inner world just as much as it expresses the way we communicate to the outside world. There are over 7,000 languages spoken around the globe. Each language is a treasure of knowledge and memory, a unique point of view, and a resource in the face of global challenges. The more diverse a society, the richer that society. Thus, our cultural diversity in all its forms should be respected and celebrated, and not just tolerated. No particular culture is superior to the other. Every culture has something in it that is beautiful and unique, and often, some aspects about it that need redemption.

Read more:

2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: https://bit.ly/2x11N1u

In Brazil, different beliefs unite against religious intolerance: https://bit.ly/2wfoSKN

 

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