Diversity And Cultural Diversity

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Introduction Today we live in a world composed of about seven billion people, and this number is projected to increase. Nobody will argue that each of us has different cultures that have been observed for hundreds of years, or that have been recently lost, forgotten or changed. It is essential for each of us to understand and respect our own culture, but at the same time must do the same for other’s culture as well to live peacefully in today’s rapidly changing complex world. Cultural diversity is what makes each group of people different from others, but it is also the fuel that keeps our society running and worth living. Intercultural exchange is likely to foster respect for cultural diversity and create synergy for better global understanding.…show more content…
Cultures of different countries can be easily learned and shared. New technologies, however, enable us to learn about or adopt new ways a little too readily, sacrificing the traditions and cultural heritage in their efforts to develop rapidly. In addition, cultural diversity is used by some as an excuse to abuse basic human rights. Culture, more precisely religion, is often used by some individuals to commit savage acts against other human beings. In order to ensure respect for cultural diversity, the guidance must be established for UN agencies, member states, nongovernmental organizations and private sectors. All nations should work closely with UNESCO to acknowledge and support cultural diversity to pursue sustainable development and lasting peace. Kofi Annan, said “People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what-and who we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their…show more content…
Unfortunately, there is no approved definition of minorities by all member states. Often times, a minority group will be a numerical minority, but it is possible that numerical majority may find itself in non-dominant position in a particular State. Cultural Pluralism This is a condition in which minorities coexist within a dominant society maintaining their identities, values and cultural differences. In a democratic society, culture and traditions of minorities can influence the rest. Appreciating culture of both sides, harmonious society can truly be created. Globalization Facilitated transportation and widespread internet access permit us to easily become aware of and access different international cultures. Some blame globalization for standardizing cultures and accentuating imbalances and difference. Others claim that globalization will be fuel to creating new cultures.

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