Today, YFU celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue 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.
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. At YFU, we advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Participation in our cultural exchange programs opens minds and hearts, enables learning that transforms lives and ultimately helps to make us citizens of one world. YFU values diversity and appreciates differences in people, natural or cultural, innate or learned, personal or formal, and we act accordingly to contribute to a more peaceful world.