05.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brussels

The EU UNESCO partnership on the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions highlighted at the 7th session of the Conference of Parties to the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

Experts, stakeholders and Government representatives will examine ways to improve exports of cultural products from the Global South, reinforce cultural entrepreneurship and improve the status of artists during the biennial meeting of the signatories to UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 UNESCO Convention) at UNESCO’s Headquarters from 5 to 7 June.

The seventh session of the Conference of Parties to the 2005 UNESCO Convention will meet in Paris to examine the state of implementation of the 2005 Convention and discuss how it contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Priorities aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be set for the next two years, with particular attention to gender equality, fundamental freedoms, quality education, economic growth, decent jobs and equality between countries.

The EU UNESCO partnership will be highlighted during this session:

• Within the framework of the EU-funded “EU/UNESCO Expert Facility on the Governance of Culture in developing countries”, an information session will be organized to showcase the main progress of the project, including the international call for applications launched to benefit Governments seeking to strengthen the regulatory frameworks for their cultural and creative industries through expertise and peer-to-peer learning support. This call has been launched to support developing countries that have ratified the 2005 UNESCO Convention, in establishing new regulatory frameworks that strengthen the cultural and creative industries and promote South-South cooperation (6 June, 2pm to 3pm).

• EU Ambassador to UNESCO Rupert Schlegelmilch is expected to participate in the Create 2030 debate “Rebalancing trade flows: Making the case for preferential treatment in culture”. This debate will examine ways to open markets to cultural goods and services from the Global South, in line with the Convention’s binding provision to grant them preferential treatment in international trade (7 June, 10 am—1 pm).

The EU is committed to promote the diversity of cultural expressions as part of its international cultural relations. The EU “Strategy for international cultural relations” launched in 2016 underlines: “As a Party to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, the EU is committed to promoting the diversity of cultural expression as part of its international cultural relations. This reflects and promotes the EU's fundamental values, such as human rights, gender equality, democracy, freedom of expression and the rule of law, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity”. These issues will also be discussed during the upcoming International Colloquium Culture for the Future, organized by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) on 16 and 17 June.

The 2005 UNESCO Convention provides a framework for the design of policies and measures that support the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative industries around the world. The 146 Parties (145 States and the European Union) that have ratified the Convention meet at UNESCO every two years to examine its impact and determine future action. Twelve new members will be elected to the Convention’s Intergovernmental Committee during the session.

These events are available for audio live streaming here.

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