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World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

“Cultural diversity stimulates creativity and investing in such creativity can transform a society. It is our responsibility developing  youth education and intercultural competences to support our world diversity and learn to live together peacefully among different languages, cultures and religions to carry on changes“ Irina Bokova, UNESCO General Director, 2015.

In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the Resolution 57/249 which has established that May 21 is the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The general objective is raising awareness of the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

More in the detail, May 21 has the aim of:

  • Sensitising public opinion on the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion;
  • building a global community made up of individuals committed to supporting diversity;
  • fighting stereotypes to strengthen cooperation among people coming from various backgrounds both cultural and of any other type.

Nowadays especially, we can witness many cases of expressed and manifested prejudices, led by ethnocentrism, and other kinds of judgements which aim at deleting and ignoring cultural diversity. For this reason, not only every May 21, everyone should remember that it represents a resource and as any other resource must be protected. A more productive cooperation among cultures – which is an inevitable aspect in a global society  like ours – can be achieved in a environment valorising and making more precious the concept of “different”  always capable of coming up with new ideas. The existence of a unique culture would turn the world into unproductive and a way less interesting, yet unfortunately a similar process is on-going. Indeed, the Western lifestyle is continuously spreading and most of the times not for a matter of will but for a lack of alternatives. Today, many cultural groups find themselves at a crossroad: being totally absorbed by a dominant cultural subject or being excluded from it- which would be quite inconvenient from any point of view.