World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2024

Today 21, May 2024, marks the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day, proclaimed by the United Nations, highlights the importance of cultural diversity and the essential role it plays in fostering dialogue, understanding, and sustainable development. In an increasingly globalised world, protecting and promoting cultural diversity is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic necessity for ensuring peace and prosperity for all.

Date 2024-05-21 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic media literacy/education
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The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was established in December 2002, following the adoption of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001. This declaration acknowledges that cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. It calls for the protection and promotion of cultural expressions, emphasising the need for dialogue among cultures to foster mutual understanding, respect, and peace. This annual observance serves as a reminder of the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our world. It highlights the importance of preserving cultural heritage and recognising the value of cultural expressions in all their forms, whether tangible or intangible

Protecting the diversity of cultural expressions

With 89 per cent of all current conflicts in the world occurring in countries with low intercultural dialogue, to forge effective cooperation and sustain peace, protecting cultural diversity is more important than ever for several reasons.

Indeed, cultural expressions are fundamental to the identity and heritage of communities. They provide a sense of belonging and continuity, linking present generations to their ancestors and history. Cultural diversity also promotes social cohesion by encouraging respect for different traditions and practices. A diverse cultural landscape fuels creativity and innovation. Different perspectives and ideas lead to richer artistic expressions, scientific discoveries, and technological advancements.

Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development

Cultural diversity and sustainable development are linked. The United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises that cultural diversity contributes to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  


Better Internet for Kids for World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

The digital age presents both opportunities and challenges for cultural diversity. The internet can be a powerful tool for promoting and protecting cultural expressions, but it also poses risks such as cultural homogenisation and the spread of harmful content. A better internet for kids supports the goals of the World Day for Cultural Diversity by educating young users about digital literacy and critical thinking, which helps them navigate the online world responsibly. They learn to appreciate diverse perspectives and identify harmful or misleading content.

Discover more about our work and initiatives: 

  • Addressing the pressures of unrealistic beauty standards on young people is essential in promoting cultural diversity and ensuring that digital spaces are inclusive and supportive of all forms of self-expression. the Austrian Safer Internet Centre presented the results of a new youth study on "Beauty Ideals on the Internet." which examines the effects of digital media use on young people's body-related self-image.
  • Launched on Safer Internet Day 2024, the AdWiseOnline campaign on child and youth consumer protection in digital environments aims to raise awareness about manipulative digital marketing practices. The ultimate objective of the campaign is to enhance young people's understanding of digital marketing and online advertising and empower them with knowledge about their online rights as young consumers.
  • Point de Contact has launched a new awareness campaign titled "Online, All Responsible," emphasising our collective duty to combat hate online. The campaign underscores that behaviours unacceptable offline should be equally condemned online, with the powerful message: "One hateful click is one too many."

Learn more about World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and development on the United Nations website.

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