Culture ministers from 19 countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal, from November 20-23 for the eighth ministerial meeting of the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP), concluding their session with a statement that contained a strong call for countries to ratify the UNESCO Convention quickly.
According to the final statement, Ministers, Heads of Delegations and the UNESCO representative underlined the important contribution of the INCP to the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In particular, they noted the necessity of its rapid entry into force and subsequent implementation. They also highlighted the importance of international cooperation, discussed the challenges linked to cultural diversity in relation to social cohesion and sustainable development, as well as the relationship between culture and economy.
INCP includes 68 Member Countries. The INCP is an informal, international forum where national ministers responsible for culture can explore and exchange views on new and emerging cultural policy issues and to develop strategies to promote cultural diversity.