Central American Parliament examines the situation of cultural sectors in Central America

Following the invitation of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), UNESCO, through its Offices in San Jose and Guatemala City, participated in an ordinary meeting of the Commission on Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology of this regional body, which is part of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
During the session, held virtually on Wednesday, December 1, Ms. Caroline Munier, Culture Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Cluster Office in San José, addressed the important challenges faced by the region's cultural sectors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, people engaged in cultural and creative work have seen many pre-existing challenges exacerbated, particularly related to the high rate of labour informality that prevails in these sectors. UNESCO emphasized to the members of the Commission the importance of promoting measures to improve the socio-economic conditions of these people and at the same time contribute to enhance the multiple contributions they make to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for Sustainable Development.
UNESCO has also called on PARLACEN to get involved in the preparatory process for the next World Conference on Cultural Policies - Mondiacult - to be held in September next year in Mexico City. Mondiacult 2022 seeks to strengthen the role of cultural policies for sustainable development at the global level. To gather regional perspectives for this important event, a series of regional consultations will be carried out through an inclusive and participatory process, involving not only national authorities, but also regional intergovernmental organizations, academia and civil society organizations, among other stakeholders.
With this Conference, Latin America and the Caribbean have an important opportunity to define priorities and coordinate actions that will allow it to position itself as a key actor in the definition of new cultural policies
Caroline Munier, Culture Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Cluster Office in San Jose

PARLACEN is a political representation body that brings together legislators from six Central American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Its functions include promoting democracy, sustainable development and supporting the regional integration process. Its headquarters are in Guatemala City.