Three-quarters of the world’s  major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and  development.

Sunday, May 21, was the 15th annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. 

The day was established by an official United Nations resolution as “an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity.” The day also advances the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on October 20, 2005:

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms

In a world where international travel continues to increase, this is a great reminder of why an open dialogue with cultures other than your own is so important. Our global mindset training here at Plus calls us to remember to always reserve judgment, question any assumptions and embrace diversity!

For more on The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, visit the UN website.