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List of Resources about Cultural Diversity

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development will take place on May 21st. Each year, the United Nations leads the celebration by hosting events, running campaigns, and promoting the message of embracing cultural diversity around the world. This year, we have put together a list of resources about cultural diversity to help you to prepare for and participate in the World Day for Cultural Diversity.

History and Importance of World Day for Cultural Diversity

Celebrating cultural diversity is an important step in promoting culture, art, diversity, and peace. While cultural diversity has been a part of the United Nations and international NGO agendas for a long time, this specific day, May 21st, has been celebrated since 2003. This date was established through the UN General Assembly Resolution 57/249 in December 2002. The goal of World Day for Cultural Diversity is to first and foremost encourage intercultural dialogue as well as promote understanding and knowledge of different cultures around the world. It is also an essential milestone in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and also to encourage inclusion globally.

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List of Resources about Cultural Diversity

There are plenty of resources out there on cultural diversity. We have put together a few that you may find useful and informative about this important date. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. It is just a sample of materials available out there. If you’d like to share some great materials with us, please reach out via Twitter @raptimhumtravel.

United Nations Documents on Cultural Diversity

The United Nations has adopted a wide range of resolutions and other documents pertaining to cultural diversity. Due to how broad the topic is, the documentation also varies in scope and subject. Here is a selection of materials that you may find useful in preparation for the World Day for Cultural Diversity.

Dates Related to the World Day for Cultural Diversity

Besides a range of documents on Cultural Diversity, there is also more than one day to celebrate related themes. For those particularly interested in cultural diversity, or specific aspects of the topic, there are many dates throughout the year to mark on your calendar. Here is a selection of these:

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Resources and Events on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2018

For this year specifically should you want to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity with an event, here is a list of resources about cultural diversity that are related to events that can be useful.

Flipbook of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity: This milestone declaration is available in a more interactive online version. If you are putting together an event for the World Day for Cultural Diversity, this can be very handy.

Message from UNESCO Director-General on World Day for Cultural Diversity: This source provides an opportunity to select quotes and maybe you can share them on social media!

UNESCO Event for World Day for Cultural Diversity: UNESCO headquarters will celebrate this day with a panel on culture and human rights as well as a discussion on new technologies as they also relate to diversity. For the full agenda, click here.

Resources for Educators: In addition for those planning an event on cultural diversity can find a number of useful resources. While these are targeted towards educators, some can be helpful to address diversity at work and other aspects of life. These also include Cultural Diversity Resources, Kids Matter, and Edutopia.

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