What is Pluralism?

Diversity in society is a universal fact; how societies respond to diversity is a choice. Pluralism is a positive response to diversity. Pluralism involves taking decisions and actions, as individuals and societies, that are grounded in respect for diversity.

We are living an historic moment of urgency for pluralism. Societies worldwide are being challenged to address issues of injustice, inequality and exclusion. When societies commit to becoming more just, peaceful and prosperous by respecting diversity and addressing systemic inequality, the impacts can be transformational. When the dignity of every individual is recognized, everyone feels they belong. We are all better off, for generations to come.

Pluralism demands multi-dimensional efforts, cutting across all levels and spheres of society, from the local to the national and, in some instances, even transnational. Pluralism cannot be achieved by any one group or sector: it demands effort and leadership from all.

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