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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development : May 21

Date: 21 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed every year across the world on May 21 to bridge gap between different cultures and promote tolerance. Observance of this day also seeks to help communities understand value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

Background

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in November 2002 by adopting Resolution 57/249. It was adopted after UNESCO had adopted Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001. It aims to help communities understand value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. This day was created as a result of destruction of 6th-century monumental Buddha statues (Gandhara style) carved into side of cliff in Bamyan valley in Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan in 2001 by Taliban.