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World Day for Cultural Diversity

Each year, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated on May 21 and provides people with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The 2013 campaign, by encouraging people and organisations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity, aims:

  • To raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
  • To build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every day-life gestures.
  • To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.

The campaign works through a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos.

To mark this day, the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing will host the inaugural Diversity in Ageing Leadership Initiative forum that aims to develop and nurture leading edge diversity practices across the aged care sector. The forum will feature a keynote presentation by Nareen Young, CEO of Diversity Council Australia and will be chaired by Sabine Phillips of Russell Kennedy Pty Ltd.

To sign up to the ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’ Facebook page and join the discussion, click here.