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May 3, 2007
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Cultural diversity for dialogue and development
© Sigrid Rothe
In today's world marked by the daily encounter and confrontation of a variety of codes and symbols, cultural diversity presents a double challenge: ensuring harmonious co-existence between individuals and groups from different cultural horizons while defending creativity through the numerous expressions of the world's cultures, namely contemporary creation and our shared tangible and intangible heritage.
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  • Safeguarding of the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan: Photo Exhibit Paris, France
    10 04 - 07 05 2007  The exhibit focuses on conservation work undertaken in the last 47 years to protect this World Heritage site, which is also inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 
  • Living Heritage: Exploring the Intangible Paris, France
    12 04 - 30 11 2007  Photo exhibition displayed on the fence surrounding UNESCO Headquarters and presenting more than 100 photos on traditional music, dance and theatre, social practices, rituals and festivals and traditional knowledge and skills, and oral traditions that communities and groups around the world receive from their ancestors and pass on to their descendants.
  • The Thousand Mysteries of Borobudur Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    20 04 - 09 05 2007  The main objective of this art exhibition is to showcase the importance of the cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) beneath the living stones of Borobudur, as a symbol of Indonesia's cultural diversity. 
  • Caribbean Handicrafts at the Paris Fair Paris, France
    27 04 - 08 05 2007  The 600,000 visitors to the Fair will be able to admire the diversity and wealth of crafts from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, The leather, fibre, glass and iron objects on display were awarded the Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts on the occasion of the Havana Crafts Fair in Cuba (December 2006). 
  • Lest We Forget. The Triumph Over Slavery Exhibition London, United Kingdom
    01 - 19 05 2007  As part of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, Camden Arts will host the travelling exhibition commissioned by the UNESCO Slave Route Project to commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition throughout the Empire. 
  • Safeguarding of the Garifuna Language, Music and Art San Jose, Costa Rica
    03 - 04 05 2007  This second coordination meeting examines the project's Action Plan and assesses its activities. 
  • The Development of the Shophouse in the Urban Morphology of Asian Cities Hong Kong SAR, China
    10 - 12 05 2007  The three-day international conference will be devoted to the evolution and rehabilitation of the Asian shophouse.
  • Partnership Development for World Heritage Conservation Paris, France
    11 05 2007   This meeting, held in conjunction with the annual session of the World Heritage Committee, features "The PACT for World Heritage conservation: five years of innovative partnership development". 
  • Preparation of the Regional Conference on the UNESCO Conventions of 1970 and 2001 Havana, Cuba
    14 - 15 05 2007  Representatives from the UNESCO Offices in Cuba, Quito and San Jose participate in a coordination meeting to discuss the scope and dates of the Conference, the expected results and profile of participants as well as follow-up plans. 
  • Slavery: Unfinished Business Hull, United Kingdom
    16 - 19 05 2007  To mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament (1807), this four-day Landmark Conference will explore numerous themes related to slavery and the slave trade.
  • Avant-garde and Cultures: Art, Design, Cultural Environment Minsk, Republic of Belarus
    17 - 19 05 2007  The international conference and art-media exposition will be conducted within the framework of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and for Development (21 May). 
  • Cultural interactions generated by the slave trade and slavery in the Arab-Islamic world Rabat and Marrakesh, Morocco
    17 - 19 05 2007  This international seminar organized by UNESCO in the framework of the Slave Route Project aims to reinforce its activities in lesser-studied regions, in particular the Arab–Islamic world.
  • Mainstreaming Principles of Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Diversity Paris, France
    21 - 23 05 2007  In the framework of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, some 20 international experts will attend this meeting on translating principles of cultural diversity and dialogue into policy proposals for plural learning societies and a sustainable future.
  • Prospects of Museum Resources for Arts Education St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    21 - 22 05 2007  The international conference is organized on the occasion of UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development with the aim of promoting cultural diversity, creativity and innovation through arts education and strengthening museum-to-museum partnership among cluster countries.
  • Theater and Audiovisual Arts, an innovative approach to HIV and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean Havana, Cuba
    22 - 24 05 2007  Organized within the framework of the Culture HIV and AIDS project, this regional workshop is a multidisciplinary space for the exchange of experiences and for the assessment of arts-based methodologies using socio-cultural approaches to making people sensitive to HIV and AIDS issues.   
  • Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Chengdu, China
    23 - 27 05 2007  At its first session in Algiers (Algeria), November 2006, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage accepted the generous offer of China to host an extraordinary session of the Committee. During this session, the Intergovernmental Committee will pursue the discussions initiated in Algiers. 
  • Safeguarding of the Tumba Francesa Guantanamo, Cuba
    29 - 31 05 2007  This capacity-building workshop is intended for the bearers of the Tumba de Catalina de Ricci, also known as “La Pompadour”, one of the three traditional expressions of the Tumba tradition still practised in Cuba.
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