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Celebrating Cultural Diversity


On 5 May 2014, the United Nations General Assembly held a day-long debate on “Culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 development to agenda.” Cultural diversity is a group of diverse individuals from different cultures or societies. Speakers from the General Assembly highlighted through country level testimonies and global data how culture, ranging from cultural heritage to creative industries, and from sustainable tourism to cultural infrastructure are key drivers and enablers of the social, environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development. In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. This day in May provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity.

So what are 8 simple things YOU can do to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development?

  • Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
  • Invite a family or people in the neighbourhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
  • Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own.
  • Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, Rumi).
  • Go next weekend to visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
  • Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; learn more about Hanukkah or Ramadan or about amazing celebrations of New Year’s Eve in Spain or Qingming festival in China.
  • Spread your own culture around the world through your social media sites and learn about other cultures.
  • Explore music of a different culture.

Want to connect with this campaign? The campaign works through a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos.