UNESCO's Culture for Development Indicator Suite for Bosnia and Herzegovina Presented
UNESCO's Culture for Development Indicator Suite for Bosnia and Herzegovina was officially presented on July 5, 2011 as the sole document which recognizes importance and contribution of culture in development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the research, contribution of cultural activities to GDP of B-H in 2009 was 6.7% or 1.6 billion BAM. The expenditure for culture on all levels of government in B-H in 2009 was 123,4 million BAM or 36 BAM per capita. “UNESCO’s research shows that culture in B-H contributes to the development, creates new jobs and generates income, thus not being only expense as some often tend to present it. Besides the significance in cultural sense, cultural and creative industries have economic significance of great importance, reflected in contribution to employment and new value generating. This document will provide elements which will enable creation of cultural policies and strategies”, said Sredoje Novic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Cultural and creative industries make for 5 million jobs and 2.6 GDP of EU, thus being one of key growth generators. This is achieved through creation of new jobs, supporting innovations and ensuring additional value as a social cohesion factor. This is also a efficient tool in fight against current recession.
„This is a pioneer research and initiative for conducting activities aiming to measure contribution of culture to development processes at the national level. This is why participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the initial test phase is a true privilege for us”, said Sinisa Sesum, Senior Programme Officer of UNESCO.
During the information collecting process UNESCO received an unanimous support of all institutions of government throughout the country, from state to cantonal level, Brcko District, state and entity institutes for statistics, tax administrations, institutes for protection of heritage/monuments and all other institutions and organizations invited to take part in this process.
“Based on successful cooperation and partnership established with B-H Statistics Institute and entity statistics institutes within the MDG-F Programme Culture for Development and based on methodology and forms for continuous statistical monitoring of culture according to EUROSTAT, we are hoping that this cooperation will continue with the agreement to conduct research on contribution of culture to B-H development according to indicators proposed by UNESCO”, said Sredoje Novic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UNESCO's Culture for Development Indicator Suite for Bosnia and Herzegovina covers following dimensions: economy, education, heritage, gender equality, communication, governance and social sector. Besides the Minister of Civil Affairs of B-H, presentation was attended by representatives of Spanish Agency AECID, UNESCO, Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Federation BiH, B-H Institute for Statistics, Federal Institute for Statistics, RS Institute for Statistics and MDG-F Programme Culture for Development.
This research was financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development AECID and was conducted by UNESCO within the MDG-F Programme Culture for Development. The Culture for Development Programme is implemented by three UN agencies: UNESCO, UNICEF and UNDP in partnership with Ministry of Civil Affairs of B-H, Ministry of Culture and Sports of FBiH and Ministry of Education and Culture of RS. Programme is financed by the Government of Kingdom of Spain through Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).
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