UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity

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UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
Created2 November 2001
PurposeCultural diversity

The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity is a declaration adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its thirty-first session on 2 November 2001[1]

This Declaration is constituted by 12 Articles; Article 1 titled "Cultural diversity, the common heritage of humanity" states that "As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for the nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations." Article 4 describes that cultural diversity may not infringe upon human rights guaranteed by international law. Article 5 affirms linguistic rights as cultural rights in accordance with International Bill of Human Rights. Article 6 affirms the freedom of expression, media pluralism and multilingualism. And Article 12 defines on the role of the UNESCO.

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