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Speech of Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani of Hawaii for the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity

Video message of Her Royal Highness Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani of Hawaii

Two days ago, Her Royal Highness Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani spoke in the presentation forum to celebrate the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development which happened on the 21st of May, and was Co-Hosted and Co-Curated by His Imperial Highness Prince Rostislav Romanov and H.E. Philip Bonn, Special Envoy for His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie of Ethiopia.

In her video message, Princess Owana spoke eloquently and insisted on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. 

Source: Royal House of Hawaii


You can also watch the full video with other prominent guests:

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Video

Why does cultural diversity matter?

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability, and development.

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual life. This is captured in the cultural conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.

Origin and Purpose of the Day

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. and in In December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and in 2015, the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution on Culture and Sustainable Development A/C.2/70/L.59, affirming culture’s contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable development, acknowledging further the natural and cultural diversity of the world, and recognizing that cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:

  • Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
  • Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals
  • Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
  • Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms