On May 21st, we will celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The United Nations has led this celebration since 2003 promoting culture and diversity around the world. As the global population continues to grow and globalization brings us both closer and further apart, this is an important day to celebrate the unique aspects of world cultures. At Raptim, we are happy to be part of the celebration because this is the reason why we have put together this photo-journal—a reflection of beautiful global cultural diversity today.Why Is World Day for Cultural Diversity Important? In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. The document speaks to the essence of cultural diversity when it comes to identity, pluralism, human rights, creativity, innovation, international development, and more. Following the declaration, UNESCO also established the convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. For countries that have ratified this convention, it is a binding document which promotes creative economies, cultural diversity, and inclusion. In this context, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development gives our global community the opportunity to support the UNESCO declaration and convention and promote their essential goals. These include sustainable cultural governance, flourishing cultural economies, culture within development, and human rights and freedoms.Photo-journal—Culture and DiversityIt is impossible to illustrate culture and diversity adequately. There are thousands of interpretations of these concepts, all of which will differ for each individual based on their experiences, background, and understanding of culture. To reflect on this complexity and diversity, we’ve put together a few photos that provide simple illustrations of what cultural diversity may look like around the world. What do culture and diversity mean to you?Buddhist Monks Administer Prayers in Bangkok, ThailandStriking Traditional Costumes in TaiwanTwo Students in Africa Wearing Traditional ClothingAn Indigenous Woman at a Market in Cuetzalan, MexicoWhen Cultures of the World Come TogetherKenyan Tribal at Kichwa Tembo House, Malindi, Kenya. Photo by McArthurLet Us Help YouWe believe our world is a better place when we can celebrate culture and diversity together. That is why we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world and the global family of humans. By being a genuine global travel organization, our experienced staff is reachable via diverse means of communication at any given time. Use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can follow our blog for more stories and travel information.