03.10.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Stepping up efforts to implement the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

©Jan Mehlich - Old town in Lviv

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will represent UNESCO at the Regional seminar on the practical implementation of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to be held on 23-25 October 2013 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The seminar is the first event organized within the framework of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with a specific focus on the UNESCO 2005 Convention. The Convention is a legally-binding international agreement that intends 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.

The seminar aims to raise awareness of the challenges regarding policy development to promote the diversity of cultural expressions within the countries of the EaP. In particular, the seminar will encourage discussion on how EaP countries address different aspects of policies to promote the diversity of cultural expressions, including diversity of local cultural content, diversity through greater exchanges of cultural content regionally or at an international level, etc.

A great number of policies are concerned in this context - not only policies in direct support of the cultural and creative sectors, but also policies that help create an enabling environment in which these sectors can operate and grow, and policies which ensure a broad access to diverse cultural goods and services such as intellectual property rights, information society/digitization, taxation, social affairs, local and regional development, international relations and cooperation, international trade.

A key objective of this seminar is to help EaP countries to develop strong cultural policies in light of the principles of the UNESCO Convention by promoting regional cooperation and exchange of national practices and experience regarding the implementation of the Convention, including from EU Member States.

The benefits of the Convention are also addressed to the Civil Society representatives and that is essential for a further productive dialogue among national authorities, NGO’s and other stakeholders.

The Eastern Partnership is an initiative of the European Union launched in 2009, governing their relationship with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, intended to provide a venue for discussions of trade, economic strategy, travel agreements, and other issues between the EU and its eastern neighbours.

Within the EaP, a specific cooperation platform, Platform 4 ‘Contacts between People’, is the main forum for discussion in fields including education and training, culture, youth, research, media and information society. It is coordinated by the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC).


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