02.04.2012 - Culture Sector

Lao PDR holds Seminar on 2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

The Lao People's Democratic Republic held its first National Seminar on the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Vientiane on 13 – 15 March 2012.

Participants from 12 institutions took part in a three-day workshop, during which they discussed the scope and different aspects of the implementation of the 2005 Convention, as well as its Operational Guidelines and the preparation of the country's periodic report.

The Seminar notably focused on identifying and clarifying the role of different stakeholders, examining relevant cultural policies and measures, exploring the pivotal role of international cooperation, as well as raising awareness about the Convention.

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures 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.

Lao PDR, as a Party to the Convention, is expected to present by 30 of April 2012 a periodic report on the policies and measures taken within its territory and at the international level to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

The Seminar benefited from funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). This Fund is currently holding a call for funding requests.

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