On the 21st of May people celebrated the "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development". The day was established by the United Nations in December 2002 following the adoption of a Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity which was established by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 2001.
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development aims to encourage people to “live together better”. The intention is to raise awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.
The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
How can diversity be explained?
Recognising and valuing the fact that society is made up of many different groups with different interests, skills, talents, needs etc., e.g. cultural diversity.
Why does diversity matter?
A lot of the world’s major conflicts are increasingly associated with religious belonging. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.
The World Day aims to combat polarisation and stereotypes to improve understanding and co-operation amongst people from different cultures.
What can YOU do to encourage yourself and other people to live "better together"?
1. Why not visit an art exhibition about other cultures or beliefs.
2. Watch a movie or read a book about another country or religion.
3. Invite a friend from a different country or religion round to share your traditions and learn about theirs.
4. Explore music of another culture or country.
5. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures for example Hanukkah or Ramadan or Qingming festival in China.
6. Visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
7. Speak with other people about prejudices and stereotypes and share your views of life.
Campaign "One Scotland"
Scotland has absorbed a mix of nationalities over the centuries which all add to the cultural mix and diversity. On these grounds the Scottish Government organised a Campaign called “One Scotland”. The campaign was committed to create a modern Scotland where people from all over the world can bring their talents and skills, make a contribution and help shape Scotland’s future. Find more information on the Culture and Beliefs Section.