21.06.2019 -

COHSOD supports UNESCO’s Forum of Ministers of Culture 2019 and Regional Study on Cultural Policies in CARICOM

Participants at the 36th COHSOD Meeting © CARICOM

From June 6-7 2019, the thirty-sixth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Culture took place at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

Under the theme 'Leveraging CARICOM’s Cultural Assets for the Sustainable Development of the Community’, the two-day meeting united regional Ministers of Culture and Officials from Regional Organizations and Partners related to Culture.

Strengthening cultural policies, improving the conditions for access to cultural activities, developing the cultural sector, including artistic education and technical and vocational skills, enhancing artists’ mobility worldwide, supporting digital culture and innovation are some of the policy areas that the Forum will address.

The Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Ms Katherine Grigsby, welcomed the decision of COHSOD to support the Forum of Ministers of Culture. She emphasised the importance of culture and joint forces for the sustainable development of the region. Further, she pointed out the role of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a driver and facilitator to integrate culture into policies for social and economic inclusion and environment sustainability with innovative solutions that are state-owned.

Additionally, the COHSOD expressed its full support for the UNESCO Regional Study on Cultural Policies in CARICOM. UNESCO has launched a global series of studies, in partnership with regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organizations. For the Caribbean, the study aims to shed light on priorities, trends and key challenges with regard to cultural policies from a sub-regional perspective. It will also seek to understand how the strategies adopted have enhanced the role of culture across public policies. The UNESCO study with support by CARICOM, which is compiled by a desk study and distributed questionnaires among the region, examines the influences of culture on other policy areas at the national and sub-regional levels and the strategic pathways to enhancing culture’s transversal role across public policies. Priorities are issues related to gender equality, youth and artistic education.

Further Information:

UNESCO General Conference-40th Session, 12 November 27 November 2019 in Paris




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