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Diversity Day: UN stresses need to bridge gap between cultures for peace, stability and development
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development or simply Diversity Day, a United Nations international observation for the promotion of diversity issues, is going to be held on May 21.

This day was created as a result of the destruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001 by the terrorists.

The observance was founded due to UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001 to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. The first Diversity Day was observed in 2002.

According to the United Nations, three-quarters of the world's major conflicts have a cultural dimension and there was a need to bridge the gap between cultures for peace, stability and development.

The United Nation also deems that the cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development, states the world organisation.

The United Nation has stressed the need for equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples and peace among nations.

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