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The introduction was made by ICDO’s President Josipa Palac. She said:
“ICDO stands strongly for promoting cultural diversity, biodiversity, human rights and supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ICDO believes that it is important to raise awareness of different cultural expressions and their values in order to facilitate inclusion, empowerment, education and diversity. ICDO is proud to collaborate with more than 35 embassies, cultural institutions, universities, different international organizations and governments, as well as talented artists and musicians around the globe”.
ICDO works hard to transform lives of indigenous and marginalized communities by providing them with basic access to education, health, water and necessary equipment. This year, ICDO achieved one of the main goal of its project in Mexico.
“We have established a Development Hub which is actually contributing to brightening future of Maya girls and women by giving them resources to continue their education, to develop their business, to improve financial digital literacy and also to get legal and psychological counseling”, added Josipa Palac.
During the ICDO Fair, ICDO’s Honorary Ambassador Farid Dieck Kattas shared his personal experience during ICDO’s projects and emphasized how important it is to protect cultural diversity and biodiversity. He was working on projects with ICDO and witnessed in person how COVID-19 affected indigenous and isolated communities, which do not have access to medical help and lost their wages due to closed borders.
“It was an experience with a lot of lessons and information for us. The Development Hub helps to empower these communities with diverse things like legal counseling, workshops, equity workshops, psychological counseling for a better quality of life. It is an honor for me to be part of this project and it’s a matter of time to see, very tangible, the benefits and changes.”