The texts and results of the international conference on the theme “Cultural Diversity – Europe's Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life,” held in Essen, Germany, April 26 to 28, 2007, are now available on the German Commission for UNESCO’s website.
During this conference, 450 participants from 60 countries from all continents met to discuss the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This event was organized by the German Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 office in Essen and sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) with the support of the State Government of North-Rhine Westphalia, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the European Commission.
Representatives of UNESCO; the European Council; government representatives from the 27 EU Member States as well as from other, non-European states; artists; persons otherwise engaged in the cultural sector; and representatives of civil society gathered in eight thematic forums (film, music, state and society, north-south cooperation, media, education, public awareness, and Forum U 40) and four plenary sessions in order to debate the main priorities of the process of implementing the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. In addition, the guests of the conference seized the opportunity to exchange their ideas beyond the conference program and to create new networks.