WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT: MAY 21, 2016

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a chance for people to celebrate cultural diversity and harmony.
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What Do People Do?

Various events are organized to increase the understanding of issues around cultural diversity and development among governments, non-governmental organizations and the public. Many of these include presentations on the progress of implementing the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

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.

Public Life

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an observance and not a public holiday.

Background

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.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Fri May 21 2010 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Sat May 21 2011 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Mon May 21 2012 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Tue May 21 2013 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Wed May 21 2014 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Thu May 21 2015 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Sat May 21 2016 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Sun May 21 2017 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Mon May 21 2018 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Tue May 21 2019 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance
Thu May 21 2020 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development United Nations observance

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