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It’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, declared a holiday by the UN in 2002.

The United Nations explains the importance of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development:

Why does cultural diversity matter?

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension.
Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability 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 more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.
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