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UNESCO New Delhi celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021
 

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UNESCO New Delhi supported the launch event of Culture Cinema 2021, a film festival to be held from 17 to 21 July 2021. 

Culture Cinema 2021 features the theme ‘Prosperity, Development and Peaceful Coexistence via Cinema,’ spanning 21 categories including but not limited to art and architecture, history, music, biodiversity, philosophy and cultural reforms. Film makers from around the globe have been invited to participate and contribute to the celebration of culture through cinema. 

UNESCO has been advocating for the recognition and advancement of cultural professionals including cinema personnel around the world, especially during Covid-19. Initiatives like the UNESCO Creative Cities Network recognise the powerful capacity of cinema to bring culture to the mainstage. 

Culture, in its own right, has been recognized by UNESCO as a driver of progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Initiatives like the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) further acknowledge the value of creativity in sustainable urban development. I am pleased to note that one of the seven core themes of the UCCN is ‘film’ – in recognition of the people, histories and innovative practices of film heritage that inform creative development around the globe.
Eric Falt, Director UNESCO New Delhi, in his opening address.

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002 and the origins of this day are rooted in the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity which recognises the potential of culture as a means of achieving sustainable development, peaceful coexistence, and international cooperation.

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For queries contact: Junhi Han, Programme Specialist, Culture Sector (j.han@unesco.org) and Neha Dewan, Programme Officer, Culture Sector (n.dewan@unesco.org)