Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:43

“Embracing Diversity and Promoting Cultural Dialogue in Iraq” On World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UNAMI and UNESCO convene a series of cultural events

Baghdad, 21 May 2014 - UNAMI and UNESCO representatives joined today members of the Iraqi cultural elite, government officials, and around 70 personalities representing the civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. 


Several activities were planned to mark the day at the UNAMI compound in Baghdad, including a panel discussion and a series of cultural events around the theme “Embracing Diversity and Promoting Cultural Dialogue in Iraq”. 

The active discussions allowed the panel to highlight on-going efforts and initiatives to promote peacebuilding and solidarity through dialogue on cultural unity in diversity. Additionally, the panel reaffirmed the country’s commitments to the principles of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. 

“I am greatly encouraged to see Iraqis from such diverse backgrounds assembled here today. Lasting peace initiatives require a concerted effort between the artists, politicians, cultural groups, journalists, writers, and poets present in this hall and constructive engagement in the ‘art’ of bringing peace to this country”, said the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), Mr. Gyorgy Busztin in his opening remarks. 

“As we celebrate the richness of this cultural mosaic, one can only reflect on the great potential that such diversity can contribute to building dialogue, enhancing social cohesion and promoting sustainable development”, stated Zulfiqar Ali, Project specialist in UNESCO Office for Iraq in his opening remarks. He added that “setting up policies and the integration of culture in Iraqi national development strategies are necessary tools to ensure the promotion of cultural diversity and the right to cultural expressions”. 

Along with the panel discussions, today’s celebration also featured a number of cultural events including the presentation of a short documentary on Interfaith Dialogue in addition to musical, art craft exhibition, fashion display and traditional dance performances. 

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  • Agency: UNESCO

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