WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT 2017

The cultural birth right of an individual greatly influences his identity.  This is a factual observance which, alas, cause a lot of misunderstanding between peoples and countries.  In line with the goal for world peace, people of all nations need to be reminded of the importance of understanding other cultures.

When is the World Day for Cultural Diversity in 2017?

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is on May 21, 2017, a Sunday.

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is always observed worldwide on the 21st day of May each year.

Origin and Purpose of the World Day for Cultural Diversity:

First observed in 2003, this special day was designated by United Nations on December 20, 2002.  This is part of the observance of the United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage in 2002.  The event itself is the 249th resolution of UNESCO taken up during the 57th session of the United Nation General Conference.

As agreed upon on November 2, 2001 in Paris, France, this observance should emphasize protection of ethnic diversity and the need for exchange of ideas between civilizations in the world of today.  It seeks to prevent, if not minimize, discrimination and fundamentalism.

The World Day for Cultural Diversity Observance:

Though not a public holiday, this occasion is participated by governments, private organizations and the general public.  This day is also known as the World Day for Cultural Diversity.  Activities are aimed to develop understanding and assist people to know about the value of national diversity and congruence.

The endeavours manifest the progress of the execution of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.  Seminars are organized for professional on this day.  Collaborations between government agencies and cultural groups are also supported.  Festivals and exhibitions creating greater knowledge of historical and cultural beliefs, with emphasis on the need to protect them, are also hosted.  Learning programs are organized for children and the youth.

When is the World Day for Cultural Diversity in 2018?

The World Day for Cultural Diversity is on May 21, 2018, a Monday.