26.05.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

South-East European Ministers of Culture meet in Belgrade to discuss shared cultural heritage

© Rastko Surdic -Belgrade fortress Northwest rampart

Ministers of culture of South-East European countries and their representatives will gather on 10 June 2011 in Belgrade for the seventh Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe to discuss ways forward for the regional cooperation on the shared cultural heritage. Participating countries will be : Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The meeting will also see the participation of the Assistant Director General for Culture of UNESCO, Mr. Francesco Bandarin.

The event organized by the Serbian Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office is the continuation of the regional cooperation initiative "Cultural Heritage - a Bridge Towards a Shared Future", launched during the First Ministerial Conference held in Mostar on 2004 and followed by the Conferences in Venice (2005), Ohrid (2006), Zadar (2007), Bucharest (2008) and Cetinje (2010).

After completion of a first six years’ cycle of joint activities, the Belgrade meeting will offer the opportunity to assess progress achieved so far and to pave the way for new avenues of cooperation. In particular, the event will be the occasion for discussing a possible new initiative on “Heritage and Dialogue” in SEE, focused on the evolution of these annual Ministerial Conferences into an enlarged forum for the discussion and proposition of cooperation activities, bringing together a broader spectrum of actors such as, inter alia, non-governmental organizations, academia and higher education institutions, prominent artists, foremost thinkers and influential intellectuals in the field of cultural heritage and cultural diversity.

Link : www.see-heritage.org/

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