The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was celebrated on 31 May at the UN. Co-hosted by Hungary along with the Permanent Missions of Vanuatu, Qatar, Colombia, Senegal and Slovakia, the panel discussion focused on “Intercultural Dialogue for Peace and Development”. Addressing the audience, H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary called for education and true dialogue for intercultural understanding and peaceful coexistence.
In her speech, Ambassador Bogyay stressed the importance of preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage as the foundations of different cultures and identities. She emphasized how embracing one’s own identity and roots enables them to appreciate other peoples, religions an cultures, with special regard to the preservation and nurturing of the identity and culture of minorities whose contribution to cultural diversity is a valuable source of sustainable development and building a peaceful society. The Ambassador also reminded of the crucial role of education in this process.