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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 14, no 4, Monday, April 7, 2014

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

IN THIS ISSUE :

Convention Update

Recent Publications

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Other News of Interest



Convention Update

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions came into force on March 18, 2007. At the first session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention in June 2007, the Intergovernmental Committee was given a mandate to develop the necessary operational guidelines for implementing the Convention. Since then, seven ordinary and two extraordinary sessions have been held, for a total of nine.

The fourth session of the Conference of Parties, which took place in Paris, June 11 to 13, 2013, saw the approval of operational guidelines governing the use of the emblem of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as well as the revised guidelines on using the resources of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity. In total, twelve articles of the Convention now incorporate operational guidelines.

At press time, 134 Parties (133 states and the European Union as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. Efforts to implement the treaty are well underway, but the mobilization campaign to encourage Member States who haven't already done so to ratify the treaty must continue with commitment and conviction. The Convention's legitimacy will be directly proportional to the number of countries from all parts of the world that ratify, accept, approve, or join the treaty.

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Recent Publications

A third resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on culture and development

On December 20, 2013, during its 71st plenary session, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a third resolution on culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). The resolution, which builds on two previous resolutions in the same field (2010 and 2011), was adopted by consensus.
Among the resolution's key points is recognition of the role of culture as a driver of sustainable development and a sustainable mode of production and consumption. Under the resolution UNESCO will continue to support initiatives that make culture a driver of development, and extends efforts in order to evaluate, jointly with member states, the contribution of culture to sustainable development. During the 69th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be held September through December 2014, the UN Secretary-General, with support from UNESCO, will present a progress report. The matter is already on the agenda for the 70th session in 2015.
The resolution was adopted following the Hangzhou Declaration, subtitled "Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies." The General Assembly has taken note of the Declaration's nine recommendations and is inviting members, along with NGOs, UN organizations, and other civil society actors, to keep them in mind when drafting post-2015 programs.
The resolution can be viewed on the website of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Hangzhou Declaration was adopted after the Hangzhou International Congress on the theme of "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development." The congress was held in Hangzhou, China, from May 15 to 17, 2013, in response to a UNESCO initiative.

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Two new publications from the Center for the Study of Integration and Globalization

As part of its series on culture, trade, and digital (Culture, commerce et numérique), the Center for the Study of Integration and Globalization (CEIM) is making new publications on global governance and culture available online. These include a research dossier as well as the first 2014 issues of the series, which discuss a multitude of themes related to governance issue, including the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the trans-Pacific partnership.

The CEIM research dossier, titled "Gouvernance mondiale de la culture. Où en est-on?," includes several articles by specialists on regulation in the culture industries. Contributions are grouped into three broad categories: culture and trade agreements, culture and development, and culture and digital technologies.
 
In the February 2014 issue of the "Culture, commerce et numérique" series, other issues of global governance are discussed, such as balance of power in trade negotiations in the trans-Pacific partnership, and decisions reached by the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 UNESCO Convention. Other articles tackle such subjects as U.S.-South Korea free trade, the search for cultural partners in Asia, the importance of the cultural sector for different countries as documented in an Organization of American States (OAS) report and the new Creative Europe program.

Both the periodical and the research dossier can be viewed on the website of the Montreal Institute of International Studies (IEIM).

The Center for the Study of Integration and Globalization (CEIM) brings together internationally recognized specialists in the political economy of integration and globalization. The main research themes are regionalism and integration, globalization and institutions, governance of the information society, the economy, and the defence of social and cultural dimensions in a context of globalization.

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Report on film and audiovisual in Jordan

A report on film and audiovisual in Jordan has been published as part of the European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III program, in collaboration with the European Audiovisual Observatory. The vocation of Euromed Audiovisual is to produce a report to present data on the film and audiovisual industries in each of the program's nine member nations. Reports on four countries have been published thus far: Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, and Palestine.

The report contains data that sheds light on a number of aspects of Jordan's film and audiovisual sector: the main legislation and institutions, the development of telecommunications, and the film market. The report finds that more than 4 million people in Jordan own televisions, and there are 38 different satellite TV channels. The film industry produced 17 feature films and six documentaries between 2007 and 2012, a number of which garnered regional and international awards. There are also 53 movie theatres in the country, and over one million movie tickets were purchased in 2012.

Read the full report on the Euromed Audiovisual website.

Euromed Audiovisual is a program designed to foster dialogue and promote cultural exchange in ten nations: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Québec's digital cultural strategy

Québec's digital cultural strategy was launched on March 3, 2014. The strategy covers all areas of culture and demonstrates "the Québec government's determination to occupy the digital space" while making Québec culture more accessible.

The strategy is built around three main goals: enhancing digitally available cultural content, ensuring digital content is accessible and disseminated, and creating an environment where digital culture thrives. Three priority focuses were also identified: upgrading digital tools and practices, building on the work of current digital cultural workers, and fostering innovation.

The complete strategy is available here on the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications website (French only).

The digital cultural strategy was developed jointly by Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and twelve other government organizations under the Ministry's portfolio. Consultations with cultural workers and government partners were held.

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First-ever Latin American conference on cultural management

The first ever Latin American conference on cultural management will run April 23-27, 2014, at Universidad de Santiago de Chile. The conference's aim is to encourage dialogue between participants, leading to agreements that will strengthen the cultural management sector.

The conference will tackle multiple themes including professional development, cultural management in the community, cultural policy, cultural businesses, and sustainability. Sessions will bring together municipal cultural officials, academics specializing in cultural management, students, and civil society stakeholders.

Online registration is now open. To date more than 67 organizations from 12 different countries are planning to attend.

This first Latin American conference on cultural management is co-hosted by the Latin American Network on Cultural Management with Escuela de Gestores y Animadores Culturales, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and Recoleta's cultural society. This is the first-ever Latin American conference on cultural management, and the second national conference held in Chile.

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37 new projects funded through ACPCultures+

The second call for proposals is now out for ACPCultures+. The program, founded in  2012, recently announced a new 15 million euros investment to fund 37 new projects, including 23 in the film and audiovisual industries.

The chosen projects will be implemented in over 60 countries in Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries. Applications from these regions have substantially increased recently: of the 37 applications awarded funding, 19 came from ACP countries and 18 from Europe. Projects will be carried out by 158 partners in both ACP and European countries.

The projects going forward vary greatly. One noteworthy project is an online platform for African cultural and news content; another, "Capital numérique" by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, will digitize African cultural content. Some projects will also help local populations in areas such as the Caribbean develop new business strategies.

For more information on the successful projects and the program generally, refer to the ACPCultures+ website.

ACPCultures+ is an initiative of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States funded by the European Union through the European Development Fund (EDF). The program's objective is to fight poverty by developing viable cultural industries and protecting cultural diversity. Specifically, the program aims to support the production of cultural goods and services, strengthen local markets, support cultural professionals, and promote better legislation and regulation in the sector.

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Other News of Interest

Organization of Ibero-American States' Program of Cultural Mobility

The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science, and Culture is offering 200 bursaries for cultural professionals as part of the Ibero-American Program of Mobility for artists and cultural managers. Bursaries cover airfare, lodging, and other living expenses for a 7 to 15 day period. Projects must be completed between June 2014 and May 2015.
 
The program is designed to strengthen the Ibero-American cultural space by training professionals, managers, and artists. Specifically, the program promotes new professional development models and strategies for transmitting knowledge and experience, all aimed at culture industry professionals.

Visit the Organization of Ibero-American States website for additional information. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.

The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science, and Culture (OEI) is an international governmental organization that fosters cooperation between 22 Ibero-American nations. The organization has a head office in Madrid, Spain, and 16 regional offices in various countries.

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Call for papers - 40th Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference

The 40th Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference runs October 9-11, 2014, at the University of Ottawa. This year's theme is "Creative nexus: understanding and strengthening the relationship between cultural research and practice," an approach to the issues and challenges facing researchers and practitioners in the culture industry. Among the conference's main objectives are understanding the nature of the relationship between practice and research, examining current practice-research collaborations, and discussing the inherent limitations of such collaborations.

The central theme will be taken up in both lectures and panel discussions. The current call for papers includes projects on such topics as cultural sustainability, cultural evaluation, changes in the management of cultural organizations, and cultural policy research.

The submission deadline is May 5, 2014.

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