May 21 Is ‘Diversity Day’ And It Is More Important Today Than It Has Been In Recent Years

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Diversity Day, officially known as “The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development“, is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of diversity issues. It is celebrated on May 21.

Diversity Day is an opportunity to help people around the world understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:
– Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
– Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
– Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
– Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms

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Unfortunately, the world today seems more divided than it has been in the recent past. The below recent events have cast a renewed focus on the need for the recognition of diversity and harmony across the globe:

  • The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in illness and death across the world highlighting the need for countries to cooperate and help each other.
  • There has been a flare up in racial tensions in America after the killing of George Floyd.
  • We have seen a rise in hate crimes against Asians during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • There is an ongoing crisis in the Middle East caused by the eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Whether we celebrate Diversity Day or not, it is nonetheless important that we recognize that we all need to play our part and work together towards the restoration of peace, harmony and racial equality across the world.

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