21.02.2011 -

Writing, publishing, translating: building cultural diversity in Southeast Europe. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 31 March-1 April 2011

UNESCO Regional Forum organised by UNESCO Venice Office, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, within the celebrations of “Ljubljana – 2010 World Book Capital City” and as an integral part of 2011 Ljubljana World Book Summit.


This forum will bring together representatives from Ministries of Culture, international experts from UNESCO and the European Commission, translators, writers, publishers and other books professionals from the South-East European region to engage a shared reflection on the implementation status of the 2005 Convention in the area of the book industry, the development of strong and innovative publishing and translating policies, the promotion of sustainable strategies and policies for improving access to books and linguistic diversity in Europe.

The discussions will be framed by some of the guiding principles and objectives of the 2005 UNESCO Convention, which strives to create an enabling environment in which the diversity of cultural expressions may be affirmed and renewed for the benefit of all societies, and to strengthen international cooperation. Two sessions will be organized. “Promoting the diversity of cultural expressions: perspectives and challenges for Southeast Europe” will discuss modalities for an effective implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention and identify ways and means for the creation of a stimulating creative environment for the book industry in Southeast Europe. “Translating to, from and within Southeast Europe: building new opportunities” will discuss the importance of developing multilingualism through translation, the promotion of European translation networks, and beyond, specific actions for encouraging the mobility of writers, translators and publishers, so as to give to all a wider access to cultural diversity.

The background document and the draft programme are available for download from right menu.

Links : UNESCO Cultural Diversity UNESCO World report on Cultural Diversity World Book Summit

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