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UNESCO celebrates cultural diversity from May 11 to 22, 2009

“A major challenge of the 21st century is to make diversity out of difference, that is to say, to promote unity by cultivating—and not by reducing—human complexity,” says the UNESCO website.

“Up until now, the forces of unity have tended to subject our planet to a simplified order, be it for ideological, imperialistic, or economic purposes. Each of these efforts has missed the target and left bitter traces. It is now time to build kinship on the basis of plurality, starting with the rich diversity of humankind.

“Culture is essential to this endeavor, as witnessed by the scope of world heritage sites and artworks and by the originality of creations which keep uniformity at bay.”

“Culture is at the heart of the Diversity Festival organized by UNESCO in many regions of the world from May 11 to 22, 2009, to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development.”

Following adoption of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001, the United National General Assembly declared May 21 “World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development.”

“The day will provide us with an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. This is why UNESCO appeals to the Member States as well as to all of civil society to celebrate this World Day by involving as many actors and partners as possible,” says the website.

Visit the UNESCO website to consult the festival program and find out more about this World Day.