21 May is observed as a World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development every year. The day aims to celebrate the richness of the world’s cultures and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change for achieving peace and sustainable development.

History

In 2001, The UNESCO adopted the ‘Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity’ as a result of the destruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001. Then in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.