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World Day for Cultural Diversity

On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Concern, in partnership with Suas, are proud to present the Building Unity Through Diversity campaign

The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 21 May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, further to the adoption of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001.

The day will provide an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn how live to together.

This theme is central to Concern’s Building Unity Through Diversity campaign. In its second year, the campaign is run in conjunction with Suas, and aims to highlight Africa in terms of its creativity, its wealth and its potential. Building closer relations between Europe and Africa is also an important element of the campaign.

1000 families

As part of Building Unity Through Diversity, Fitzgerald Park in Cork city will this summer host the 1000 Families Exhibition – an outdoor display of portraits of families across the globe, from Trim to Timbuktu.

To accompany the exhibition, an events programme will run from 14 July to 11 August  to inspire discussion and debate about cultural diversity within Ireland.

The exhibition

German photographer Uwe Ommer travelled the globe for nearly four years, taking photographs of over one thousand families.

These images were compiled into a book entitled “1000 Families: The Family Album of Planet Earth”. It was published with the assistance of UNICEF and Tasche. 70 portraits from the book form the outdoor exhibition. This has been on display in numerous cities including Dublin, Chicago, Brussles and Nairobi.

It is part of a wider international campaign, funded by the European Commission and co-ordinated by Echos Communication, a Belgian based development organisation.