Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Asia: Challenges and Perspectives on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

 

From 4 to 6 March 2014, UNESCO Bangkok will host the first-ever meeting of focal points for the 2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Convention promotes the development of cultural policies which aim to ensure that artists, cultural professionals, practitioners and citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities – including their own. It also acknowledges the importance of collaboration and exchanges at all levels to strengthen stakeholders in the culture and creative sectors.

Moreover, the 2005 Convention urges State Parties to fully recognize the central role of culture in sustainable development policies, and requests them to further strengthen international cooperation in this respect.

This meeting, co-organized with the International Federation of Arts and Culture Council Association (IFACCA), will bring together nine Parties to the Convention in the region. The focal point for Brazil, Ms. Gisele Dupin, will also share her experience with delegates. Thailand and Nepal, which are currently considering ratification of the Convention, will attend as observers.

Throughout the three-day workshop, Danielle Cliche, Chief of UNESCO’s Diversity of Culture Expressions Division and Secretary of the Convention, will detail the key principles of the Convention as well as the mechanisms of the periodic reporting required. However, the richness of the meeting will lay in the presentation of case studies and the dynamic exchanges between the participating focal points.

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