World Day for Cultural Diversity

May 21st, 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. One year later, The General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 21st World Day for Cultural Diversity, as a way to promote diversity across the world. Also known as “Diversity Day”, the international holiday gives communities the opportunity to understand the importance of diversity by engaging in open dialogues about cultural issues affecting the world today.

Interested in getting involved? The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, along with UNESCO, created the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, to engage people around the globe. Click here to learn more about 2013’s campaign and how you can contribute on the 21st.

Looking to participate close to home? Visit the 23rd Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures on May 18th and 19th. The two day event celebrating diversity attracts thousands of visitors and represents over 35 cultures. For more information about the festival, click here.