0546 GMT February 19, 2019
Representative of UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran Esther Kuisch Laroche said that Iran is a wonderful place to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development since there is a lot of cultural diversities within Iran.
She further told Iran Daily that the day is really a day for diversity, because we all have different cultures and backgrounds but we are united as humanities.
Such diversity is the beauty of Iran and any other country in the world, she said, today is really the day to showcase culture of different countries and places and different parts of Iran.
Asking about the purpose of such programs, she said that these events aim to learn more from each other and have greater understanding, more respect for each other and hopefully it will also lead to greater peace in the world.
Speaking about the quality of the ceremony, she expressed satisfaction about the event because everybody is learning from different cultures and traditions and they are having good time.
On the selection of 17 countries, she said that UNESCO invited all the embassies in Tehran to participate but due to the short deadlines only 17 embassies were able to attend.
UNESCO Tehran Cluster office celebrated the day on Tuesday with the participation of representatives from 17 countries including Austria, Cuba, Indonesia, Sweden, Uruguay and Kyrgyzstan. They staged performances of martial art and traditional music.
In her opening address, Kuisch Laroche said that celebrating cultural diversity means celebrating equitable exchange and dialogue between civilizations, cultures and peoples, as a prerequisite for constructing peace among nations.
"Our heritage is what gives us a sense of identity and belonging, and it's what makes us proud of who we are," she added.
Elsewhere in her remarks, the UNESCO representative in Tehran stated, "By celebrating cultural diversity, and seeking to learn about other people's customs and traditions, we foster greater mutual understanding and harmony, and we come to realize that we are all united in our common humanity."
The event, which included cultural performances and exhibitions from the provinces of Iran and countries around the world, was organized in cooperation with embassies in Tehran. Hundreds of people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds as well as the general public attended the celebration which took place at the Ivan Attar Auditorium of Sa'adabad Cultural and Historical Complex.
Rasht Municipality, a member of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network for its gastronomy, hosted a food festival to showcase its culinary art.
In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, declared May 21 to be the "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development".