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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Quick Facts

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, held on May 21, is an occasion for people to deepen their understanding of cultural diversity.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentEnglish
Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el DesarrolloSpanish
עולם יום לגיוון תרבותי לדיאלוג ופיתוחHebrew
اليوم العالمي للتنوع الثقافي من أجل الحوار والتنميةArabic
대화와 발전을위한 문화 다양성을위한 세계의 날Korean
Welttag der kulturellen Vielfalt für Dialog und EntwicklungGerman

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015
List of dates for other years

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:

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedMay 212003World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriMay 212004World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 212005World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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MonMay 212007World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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MonMay 212018World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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ThuMay 212020World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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