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Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean urge all states in the region to ratify the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The 16th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean was held recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The central theme of the meeting was “Culture Within the Context of the Current World Crisis.”


The final declaration adopted at the meeting states in part that “Latin American and Caribbean states recognize the existence of cultural models in the origin of the crisis and at the same time, stress the potential of culture in drafting solutions, and declare they are in favor of—

  • Acknowledging and preserving the rich cultural diversity of the region, following the terms of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. They urge all states in the region to ratify it.
  • Promoting the process for the institutionalization of cultural policies and favoring a comprehensive dialogue between the countries within the context of the various mechanisms of regional integration.
  • Encouraging cooperation for the sustainable management of natural heritage and the conservation of biodiversity and ecological systems.
  • Reasserting the commitment to ensuring and implementing the cultural rights of citizens in the region.
  • Emphasizing the special validity, in the midst of the current crisis, of Article 10 of the Declaration of Salvador de Bahía, resulting from the Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development (CALC): As representatives of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual societies, they [the Presidents] reaffirmed the importance of diversity and expressed their concern regarding the increase of xenophobia and discrimination in the world and initiatives which impede the free movement of people. In this context, they condemned the criminalization of migration flows and measures that violate the human rights of migrants. They reaffirmed that the free movement of people is as important as the circulation of goods and capital.”

The Republic of Ecuador will host the 17th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2010.

The full text of the declaration is available in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese on the UNESCO Regional Office in Latin America and the Caribbean website.

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