February 2007


Welcome to this year’s first issue of the Global Alliance Newsletter! 2007 marks a milestone for the world’s creative diversity with the entry into force of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on 18 March. As this international treaty takes effect, the Global Alliance reaches the end of its pilot phase and will adopt a new form as an operational mechanism to support this Convention. More details to follow in the coming months.

Latest News

• Global Alliance Helps Bring New Season of Sesame Street to Palestine More
• Anti-Piracy Training Multiplies in Southern Africa More
• Free Books to Capture Edinburgh’s Literary Imagination More
• Inspiring a New Generation of Filmmakers in Niger More

What's On?

• Conference on Creative Industries in Africa (5-7 March 2007, Dakar, Senegal) More
• 'La Rencontre de Seville – Financing Culture in Europe: Public and Private Partnerships' (8-11 March 2007, Seville, Spain) More
• 'Cultural Diversity – Europe’s Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life' (26-28 April 2007, Essen, Germany) More
• World Forum for Direct Investment (6-8 June 2007, Bologna, Italy) More

Interview with...

In this edition, we interview Humberto Moreno, a Colombian independent music producer. He tells us how his country’s independent music industry has evolved, especially since the advent of the digital era, and highlights the pros and cons of the latest technology for up-and-coming artists. Humberto also raises the question of piracy, which he deems to be the major obstacle facing the industry’s development. Furthermore, he explains how he believes Colombian music can optimize its potential and become one of the country’s main exports.


• The Economy of Culture in Europe
Study showing the importance of the culture sector for the European Union economy and proposing a set of policy recommendations

• Cultural Industries in CARICOM:
Trade and Development Challenges
Comprehensive analysis of the cultural industries in the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and their position in the global marketplace

• Observatorio 4:
Industrias Culturales de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Latest edition of the Argentinean cultural industries review ‘Observatorio’ containing a dossier on current trends in cultural consumption

Site of the month

New interactive i-genius website launched

Global Alliance member i-genius is building a world community of social entrepreneurs and has recently launched a new interactive website to help bring them closer together. Fellow Alliance members are invited to post their profiles, upload their photos and film clips, and start blogging to showcase their pioneering work in providing social benefit to people around the world. More

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