Cuba Celebrates International Day of Cultural Diversity

Cuba will celebrate the International Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on Wednesday, May 21st, with an extensive program of activities that includes the launch of a commemorative stamp on Monday.

The Director of UNESCO's Regional Office of Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean, Herman Van Hoff, and the President of the Cuban UNESCO Commission, Maria de los Angeles Flores, presided over the activity on Monday.

"Respect for diversity is an essential element of the public policies of our countries," said Flores, who also acknowledged the contribution of each particular culture to the world civilization.

A number of Cuban cultural and social institutions, led by the Ministry of Culture, in coordination with UNESCO, are carrying out a series of actions that will conclude on Wednesday with an international colloquium on diversity in the Caribbean, called by the Havana-based Casa de las Americas cultural center.

On Monday, Van Hoff met with reporters at the venue of UNESCO's Regional Office in Havana and told them about the program of activities in Cuba.

After adopting the Universal Declaration of UNESCO about cultural diversity in 2001, the UN General Assembly declared May 21st as International Day of Cultural Diversity.