World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2022

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

21 May

Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.” 

With the adoption in September 2015 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations, and the Resolution A/C.2/70/L.59 on Culture and Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2015 , the message of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is more important than ever. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can best be achieved by drawing upon the creative potential of the world’s diverse cultures, and engaging in continuous dialogue to ensure that all members of society benefit from sustainable development. 

"On this Day, UNESCO would like to call upon everyone to celebrate cultural diversity, through which we will be able to build the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

Message from the Director-General - UNESCO
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What UNESCO does for cultural diversity for dialogue and development

Global Report Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity

The Tracker Culture & Public Policy

RESILIART Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis

International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)
e-platform on Intercultural Dialogue

Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Creative Cities Network

The waterfall of life, 2019, Tokyo, Japan
Measuring intercultural dialogue: a conceptual and technical framework
Basic texts of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2017 edition


Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
UN website about this day
Past Edition
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