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Cultural diversity is a driving force of development as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.
In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:
- Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
- Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
- Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
- Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
Sharing our life experiences and our diverse cultures helps society flourish. Hate manifests when cultures aren't respected, understood or even feared by others.
How You Can Support Cultural Diversity Day
Some simple things YOU can do to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development:
1. Learn about another religion
2. Plan an international movie night
3. Listen to a musical tradition from a different culture
4. Play a sport related to a different culture
5. Cook traditional food from another culture
6. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures
7. Learn another language
There are thousands of things that you can do, are you taking part in it?
It’s always great to share our experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of other cultures. While many do so in an open and caring environment, some experience hate because of who they are and their culture.
If you are the victim of hate because of your culture, please report this. You can contact the Police on 101, or dial 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can use the reporting page on this website to report non-emergency hate to the Police or to the Warwickshire Hate Crime Partnership, via EQuIP.