WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY, DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT, 21ST MAY.
Today is observed as World Day For Cultural Diversity Dialogue 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.
Acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communication s Technologies (ICTs)- are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding. The day was adapted by UNESCO through the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and United Nation General Assembly in its resolution declared the day. Since then till date it is being observed annually today.
The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of values of cultural diversity and advances the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of the cultural Expressions adopted, viz-a-viz
- Support sustainable systems of governance of culture,
- Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility and of artists and cultural professionals,
- Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks and
- Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The day withness variety of programs including International conference to raise awareness and other grass-root activities to reach target populations such as women, youth and marginalized population.
Others also include interreligious dialogue, good practices to encourage cultural pluralism at local, regional and national level as well as regional and sub-regional initiatives aimed at discouraging all expressions of extremism and fanaticism and highlighting values and principles that bring people together.
We in Jumali Teen age Organization in partnership with MDSCF a charity Organization for the Less privileged commemorate with the world over in the observance of this day, especially in this trial period when the whole world experience one or the other form of problem resulting from cultural and religious differences. We call on everyone to embrace one another not minding the background.
Happy World Day For cultural Diversity Dialogue and Development.