Celebrating Cultural Diversity with art from 50 countries
UNESCO Beirut celebrated the World Cultural Diversity Day for Dialogue and Development on the 21 of May 2014 was an international art exhibition where 75 artists from 50 countries participated with large paintings representing the cultural diversity of their different nations. This event was in cooperation with MEِِADOWS an NGO for arts. The exhibition was at the arts exhibition hall at the yacht club in Zaitunay Bay, Beirut.
The exhibition was under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Culture Raymond Ariji. Director UNESCO Beirut Hamed Al Hammami welcomed everyone and reminded that it was 13 years ago that the international community agreed to celebrate this day each year , where UNESCO celebrates this day worldwide with many events. Our cultural diversity is the common heritage of humanity. It is a source of renewal of ideas and societies, through which we open up to others and craft new ways of thinking. This diversity provides opportunities for peace and sustainable development. In the final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UNESCO is continuing to strengthen its advocacy and action in favour of culture and sustainable development.
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