By UNESCO MGIEP
UNESCO MGIEP’s Online Campaign on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

18th April – 25th May, 2017

In the year 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day presents an opportunity to understand, comprehend, foster and highlight values brought forth by vibrant cultural diversity, plurality and advancing respect for this global ethic. With more young people in the world than ever, the provision of relevant education and learning opportunities is key to turning the ‘youth dividend’ into an enormous opportunity for achieving social transformation. According to UNFPA State of World Population Report of 2014, the world witnessed 1.8 billion people in the age group of 10 to 24 years. It is estimated that 90% of 18 to 24 years old are connected to internet and present in some form of social media.

To celebrate Word Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21st May 2017, UNESCO MGIEP is organised a series of activities including Ask me Anything sessions with experts in the field of inter culture dialogue, conflict resolution and mindfulness, live chats and social media campaign with Logical Indian.

Starting from 26 April 2017, the online campaign generated awareness on the importance of this international day and the tools, that can be used to welcome diversity in society to encounter the fear, spread awareness about knowing the other.  The campaign was organised on UNESCO MGIEP’s social media platform The Knowledge Commons.

Objectives of campaign:

  1. To raise awareness about cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and inclusion through the lens of mindfulness and compassion.
  2. To establish a community of, youth, individuals and colleges across the globe committed to promote intercultural understanding.
  3. To position two of UNESCO MGIEP’s flagship programmes, The Learning Labs and The campus Ambassadors as the key initiatives in harnessing the potential of compassionate dialogue for mutual understanding

Experts from varied fields brought in perspectives from mindfulness, conflict resolution, virtual intercultural dialogue and other related areas.

The online campaign was a huge success and garnered interest from over 1,000 young people globally.

For further details, please contact:

Deepika Joon: d.joon@unesco.org – Programme Officer

Aditi Pathak: a.pathak@unesco.org- Programme Officer

Sana Khan: sa.khan@unesco.org – Communications Officer

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