9 May 2012

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and a wide coalition of partners from corporations to civil society is launching the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Ten simple things YOU can do to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for
Dialogue and Development on May 21, 2012

1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share
a meal with you and exchange views on life.
3. Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own.
4. Invite people from a different culture to share your customs
5. Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates,
Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, Rumi)
6. Go next week-end to visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the
7. Play the “stereotypes game.” Stick a post-it on your forehead with the name of a
country. Ask people to tell you stereotypes associated with people from that country. You
win if you find out where you are from.
8. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; learn more about Hanukkah or
Ramadan or about amazing celebrations of New Year’s Eve in Spain or Qingming
festival in China.
9. Spread your own culture around the world through our Facebook page and learn about
other cultures
10. Explore music of a different culture
There are thousands of things that you can do, are you taking part in it?

How to join the 2012 campaign?
· “Like” us on Facebook to start a discussion on our wall, follow our posts and videos and
take part in the photo and video contests (facebook.com/DoOneThingforDiversityandInclusion)
· Tell others about this day.
· Spread the word about the campaign.