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May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Maio 21, 2009

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.

A major challenge of the Twenty-First Century is to make diversity out of difference, that is to say, to promote unity by cultivating – and not by reducing – human complexity.

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in Paris, France, on November 2, 2001. It was the 249th resolution adopted at the 57th session (.pdf link) of the United Nations General Conference. Although the declaration was the culmination of years of work, it was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This reaffirmed the need for intercultural dialogue to prevent segregation and fundamentalism.

Read here the Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 21 May 2009


21 Feb. – The (Ninth) International Mother Language Day Fevereiro 21, 2008

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21 February was proclaimed the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
International Mother Language Day originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952, when a number of Bangladeshi university students were killed by the then East Pakistan police and army in Dhaka, formerly Dacca.
International Mother Language Day is Mother Language Day is proclaimed by UNESCO to save vulnerable languages and cultures, and promote multilingual culture around the world. Slowly, more and more countries and cities are observing the day with UNESCO.
Today 21 February 2008 is the occasion of a double celebration as it also marks the launch of the International Year of Languages with the slogan “languages matter!”