21 May in 2003 for the first time the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development). In this regard, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura appealed to the international community with the following message:
«The General Assembly of the United Nations December 20 in 2002, in resolution 57/249 "Culture and Development" decided to declare 21 May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and invited all Member States, intergovernmental bodies, organizations of the United Nations system and relevant non-governmental organizations, among others, to inform the public about the value and importance of the diversity of cultures and in particular, to promote, through education and media awareness of the positive value of cultural diversity.
UNESCO Constitution entrusts the duty of this Organization to promote the "fruitful diversity of cultures" of its Member States. However, now that culture threaten a variety of factors: in one case, excessive protection of national identity poses a threat to the culture of minority groups, and in the other — religion is putting pressure on the culture. Finally, almost universally under the influence of galloping globalization disappearing languages, traditions are being lost, vulnerable crops are marginalized, if not completely disappear.
Danger sharp decline latitude of cultural diversity is very serious. The entire spectrum of the rainbow over our planet can not be reduced to one of its constituent colors and thus not subjected to the threat of cultural heritage for future generations and the survival of humanity.
The many facets of culture is learned from the stories and uchitelyaOsoznanie this fact determined the adoption in 2001 of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which is accompanied by twenty main areas of the Action Plan, and which proposes a new understanding of the relationship between diversity, dialogue and development. These three concepts are interrelated and allow for the optimization and cultural resources of humanity.
Approving the Declaration states — members of the UNESCO undertook to recognize, protect and actively promote the benefits associated with cultural diversity at the local, national and international levels . I am happy to say that this day is celebrated on May 21 in so many countries around the world. Our regional offices tasked to support all initiatives in this direction by establishing novel partnerships with civil society.
Challenge for UNESCO and the UN, not the organization of cultural activities in the world. However, it can support the people in the world in their aspirations and hopes. It is in this sense should be seen celebrating on May 21, which brings us together today.
The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity — a great tool for Dialogue and Development. Each of us should strive to ensure that the diversity of cultures, thanks to the establishment of a dialogue between them has become our common wealth. Only in this way can we avoid the tragic conflict and achieve sustainable development, which should ensure the sustainability of cultural diversity and to continue the constructive dialogue and vigilant. "