Message by Ms Irina Bokova, Director -General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

07-06-2010

Each culture leaves its distinctive mark on the vast field of the cultures of the world. Together, they coexist, thus constituting the many facets of a single humanity, shimmering and diverse. Over time, cultures have intermingled and have crossfertilized and enriched each other. Yet, faced with today’s great challenges, and in terms of economic and human development, cultures have unequal opportunities and destinies. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development affords us an opportunity to turn the spotlight on the vitality inherent in the diversity of all cultures, without exception, and on the pressing need to protect diversity and make it the central plank of development strategies. This Day also affords each one of us an opportunity to ponder over ways and means of being humanly and practically involved in building tolerance towards all of the world’s cultures. More