30.08.2019 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Sustainable Development as Cultural Policy

The UNESCO expert, Lázaro Israel Rodríguez, stressed the importance of cultural governance as a promoter of the creative economy and empowerment of communities towards the achievement of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

The conference "Sustainable Development as Cultural Policy" took place within the framework of the journeys on Cultural Heritage (Asunción, Paraguay. August 19-20, 2019) organized by UNESCO Montevideo, with the Regional Center for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage Intangible of Latin America (CRESPIAL), National Secretariat of Culture of Paraguay, with the support of the Network of Academic Cooperation in Intangible Cultural Heritage for Latin America and the Caribbean (ReCA PCI LAC).

The UNESCO Expert, Lázaro Israel Rodríguez, member of the UNESCO / EU Group of Experts for the Governance of Culture, focused his presentation on the opportunities for articulation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

The presentation addressed the role of the UNESCO Conventions as governance tools for the development of cultural policies for sustainable development. In this regard, he recalled that both conventions are related: in the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, heritage is considered as an engine of cultural diversity and, at the same time, as a guarantor of sustainable development, showing an undeniable interdependence between itself and material heritage, both cultural and natural. For its part, the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions includes traditional cultural expressions while recognizes the freedom of their creation and dissemination as a right of access to them for the development of communities.

To illustrate this interrelation between both conventions and their possibilities, Rodríguez pointed out gastronomy as a possible articulating axis. In this sense, he also referred to the case of Panama City, an example of how a cultural expression that includes heritage and creativity allows the development of an expanded value chain, which provides a bio-cultural and sustainable development approach. Panama is one of the 8 gastronomic cities of the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean and has recently been elected to preside the Intergovernmental Committee of Ibercocinas.


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