24.03.2011 -

Building cultural diversity through the book industry

Enhancing and supporting the diversity of cultural expressions is the core message of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). Recalling that the Ljubljana was nominated as the 2010 World Book Capital City, the UNESCO Venice Office is organizing in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO a 2 day regional forum, “Writing, publishing, translating: building cultural diversity in Southeast Europe”.


Media Advisory (Venice, 24 March 2011) :  Participants will include representatives from Ministries of Culture, international experts from UNESCO and the European Commission, as well as translators, writers, publishers and other book professionals from the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia). This SEE forum will be opened by the Minister of Culture of Slovenia, Mrs Majda Širca, the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Communication and Information, Mr Janis Karlins, and the Mayor of Ljubljana, Mr Zoran Janković on 31 March 2011 at the Cankarjev dom (Cultural and Congress Centre) in Ljubljana. Mr Danilo Turk, President of the Republic of Slovenia will deliver a video message to the participants.

The forum is also an integral part of the Ljubljana World Book Summit which concludes on 1 April 2011.

Discussions during the 2 day sessions will focus on elaborating innovative publishing and translating policies in the SEE Region; developing multilingualism through translation; establish actions to encourage the mobility of writers, translators and publishers, so to expand cultural diversity while continuing to implement the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

A Declaration on Books and Translations will be adopted at the end of the Summit.

“This is an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation and generate additional reflections on the future of books as tools for linguistic recognition and the freedom of expression. It is also an occasion to reinforce the Venice Office’s willingness to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue within South East Europe”, stated Mr Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office.

During the regional forum, a UNESCO stand will be set up at the meeting venue. Copies of the Organization’s and the Venice Offices’ recent publications will be displayed and distributed.

Links :

World Book Summit : http://www.wbs2011.si/home/

UNESCO Cultural Diversity website: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=34321&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

UNESCO World report on Cultural Diversity: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=35396&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html


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