May 21, 2024

On World Day for Cultural Diversity, Arab League emphasizes the importance of intercultural dialogue.

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The Secretariat General of the Arab League has emphasized the importance of intercultural and inter-civilizational dialogue as a cornerstone for building harmonious cultural diversity and promoting global peace and security. It calls on the international community to work together to preserve and enhance this cultural diversity through supporting dialogue and understanding among peoples, and encouraging cultural exchange and cooperation between nations.

In a statement issued on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity, celebrated annually on May 21, Arab League highlighted that this day serves as an opportunity for communities worldwide to reflect on the value of diversity. It emphasized the importance of diversity as a driver of innovation and sustainable development and its role in encouraging individuals and institutions to participate in activities that promote dialogue and understanding through the arts, education, and community initiatives.

On the World Day for Cultural Diversity, the renewed commitment to diversity and dialogue among cultures is underscored as fundamental pillars for development and peace. It highlights the significance of cultural diversity in enhancing mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.

Furthermore, the World Day for Cultural Diversity reminds us that diversity transcends being merely a source of beauty and inspiration; it is also a cornerstone for progress and prosperity. In light of this, it calls upon all to actively engage in cultural dialogue and collaborate towards a future that respects and celebrates diversity.

UNESCO celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st of each year. This observance aims not only to showcase the richness of world cultures but also to underscore the fundamental role of intercultural dialogue in achieving peace and sustainable development.

It is estimated that 89% of all current conflicts worldwide occur in countries with little intercultural dialogue. To establish effective cooperation and maintain peace, prioritizing the enhancement of intercultural dialogue is essential.

The cultural and creative sector stands as one of the most powerful drivers of development worldwide. According to UNESCO data, culture accounts for over 48 million jobs globally, with women comprising nearly half, representing 6.2% of total current employment and 3.1% of the global GDP. It is also the sector that employs and provides opportunities for the largest number of young people under the age of thirty.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

 

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