Promoting Cultural Diversity

The Khalili Foundation has conceived, funded and driven a number of projects that promote cultural diversity worldwide. Among these are a campaign to promote the World Day for Cultural Diversity and the production of a milestone publication to mark the 20th Anniversary of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

The World Day for Cultural Diversity

A celebration of the World Day For Cultural Diversity For Development and Dialogue featuring:
António Guterres,
Secretary General of the United Nations
Baroness Patricia Scotland,
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
Jonathan Townsend,
CEO of Prince’s Trust
Baroness Valerie Amos,
Masters of University College, Oxford
Sir David Khalili,
Chairman of the Khalili Foundation

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation".

~ Mahatma Gandhi

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity

The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity was adopted unanimously at the UNESCO General Conference’s 31st session. It was an opportunity for States to reaffirm their conviction that intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of peace. Twenty years on, the protection and promotion of cultural diversity has never been more important.

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Khalili Foundation published a landmark book with contributions from leading cultural figures, diplomats, scholars, faith leaders, heads of international organisations and other relevant dignitaries.

Download Introductory Articles

Full List of Authors

Message from Sir David Khalili

Chairman, Khalili Foundation

Copies of the book are being donated by the Khalili Foundation to international organisations, charities and libraries worldwide. The book is also available for purchase here. All proceeds will go to charitable causes promoting cultural diversity.

Comments & Review

Sumi Jo

Soprano and UNESCO Artist for Peace

``Culture transcends class, gender, age, occupation and so on, and embraces the diversity of people as members of the human society. This year, on the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Declaration of Cultural Diversity, I thank the Khalili Foundation for shining a light on this.``
Sumi Jo, Soprano and UNESCO Artist for Peace

Baroness Patricia Scotland

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

``Our pioneering Faith in the Commonwealth project, delivered with generous support from, and in partnership with, the Khalili Foundation, is designed to promote global citizenship and religious literacy.``
Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

Jonathan Townsend

CEO of Prince's Trust

``The Prince’s Trust is proud to join the Khalili Foundation, UNESCO, the UN’s family of nations, and organisations worldwide in marking the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.``
Jonathan Townsend, CEO of Prince’s Trust

Baroness Valerie Amos

``My thanks to the Khalili Foundation for promoting a global discussion on cultural diversity and to UNESCO for continuing to promote dialogue on these matters.``
Baroness Valerie Amos, Masters of University College, Oxford

Paul Owens

Director of the World Cities Culture Forum

``On behalf of the World Cities Culture Forum, I would like to congratulate UNESCO on the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, and the Khalili Foundation on producing this milestone publication.``
Paul Owens, Director of the World Cities Culture Forum

Professor Akbar S. Ahmed

``It is not surprising that the Khalili Foundation is behind this milestone book on cultural diversity... Such initiatives must be fully supported if we are to achieve the harmonious future we long for.``
Professor Akbar S. Ahmed

Ernesto Ottone Ramirez

Assistant Director-General for Culture UNESCO

``I welcome the initiative of Sir David Khalili, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and his Foundation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Cultural Diversity through this publication. This is an important opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, where we are today, where we are going, and most importantly, where we want to go.``
Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture UNESCO