17th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean

UNESCO Office in Havana

Within the framework of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, the Republic of Ecuador hosts the 17th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The central topic of the meeting is cultural integration of Latin America and the Caribbean in defence of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue for a sustainable development.

The Forum also deals with other issues of importance for the region, such as cultural mobilization in the face of natural challenges and cultural diversity and development.

The Forum likewise follows-up the progress of the projects approved during the previous meeting of the Forum that are currently under implementation, namely the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase; the Virtual Museum of Latin America and the Caribbean; CARIFESTA; the Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean; the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Caribbean (CCBP); the Project Colección 200 – A Shared Culture. Latin America and the Caribbean; the CARICOM Children’s Website Project; and Project SICSUR - MERCOSUR Cultural Information System.
New projects are also discussed and presented following strategic areas identified.

As part of the Forum, UNESCO organizes a joint meeting on cultural policies for diversity and development as a follow-up to Resolution 35 C/DR. 53, passed by the UNESCO 35th General-Conference held in October 2009.

A meeting of Youth for Latin American and Caribbean Unity takes place previous to the Forum, under the topic “Participation, Culture and Development.”

This Forum, the oldest of its type, was established in 1989, within the framework of the First Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Region, held in Brazil. It is composed by 33 countries of Latin America and the Region: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.

It is the space of reflection par excellence for the highest cultural government officials in the region, as it is the only which includes all the Member States of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 12.04.2010 07:00 local time
End 13.04.2010 16:00 local time
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Focal point Rufins Machin, Olga
Organizer The Government of the Republic of Ecuador
Contact o.rufins@unesco.org
Country Ecuador
City Quito
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, Spanish
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