The U40 Americas Forum was held in Montréal in Québec, Canada, from May 19 to 21, 2010. Organized by Canada’s Coalition for Cultural Diversity and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, the event brought together thirty-odd culture experts under 40 from across the Americas, including cultural policy experts, young culture professionals, jurists, master’s and Ph.D. students, and other qualified professionals. Participants came from a number of professions and countries in the Americas, including Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinity and Tobago, and the United States of America.
This capacity-building exercise focused on three themes associated with effectively implementing the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions:
The proposals developed at the meeting were aimed at the States Parties to the 2005 Convention as well as organizations from civil society and the private sector concerned by the Convention. Participants undertook to do the following:
“In order to promote the integration of culture in sustainable development activities:
- Create an inventory of good practices that demonstrates the value of the integration of culture into national policies for sustainable development.
In order to promote the vision of the 2005 Convention in other international forums:
- Create a U40 working group that will develop, through various means and partnerships, an overview of strategies used by State Parties to promote the diversity of cultural expressions in trade negotiations at bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.
- Develop a practical guidebook to indicate the links between the provisions of the Convention and other international instruments in order to enable civil society to promote these treaties as complementary.”
The “Proposals for Cultural Diversity” document is available in French, English, and Spanish on the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.