Vol. 10, No 18, Monday, November 1, 2010
Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!
IN THIS ISSUE :
The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the 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 directives for implementing the Convention. Since then, three ordinary and two extraordinary sessions have been held, for a total of five. The fourth ordinary session will be held November 29 to December 3, 2010.
The second session of the Conference of Parties, which took place in Paris on June 15 and 16, 2009, saw the adoption of operational directives concerning nine articles of the Convention. The Intergovernmental Committee was mandated to continue developing operational directives.
At press time, 116 Parties (115 states and the European Community as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. On September 28, 2010, the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted its ratification instrument to UNESCO, joining the States Parties to the Convention.
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.
In their Final Declaration adopted at the end of the XIII Summit of La Francophonie held in Montreux, Switzerland, on October 23–24, the heads of French-speaking states and governments reiterated their will to "promote cultural diversity and multilingualism," stating:
"We assert the importance of the contribution of culture to the social development of our countries. We therefore reiterate our call for the universal ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. We call upon the OIF and its agents to support francophone countries of the South committed to developing their national cultural policies and working to build cultural industries within their borders.
We call upon the OIF and its agents to adopt a policy to promote French, which integrates and supports the actions of the OIF and its agents and networks with the goal of having it adopted at the XIV Summit of La Francophonie. The OIF will therefore organize, in collaboration with the government of Quebec, an international forum on the French language to be held in spring 2012. [...]
We reiterate our support for the multilateral French-language channel TV5 and its essential role in the teaching and use of French around the world. We therefore intend to facilitate the broadcast and accessibility of TV5, which is a vehicle of cultural diversity."
The Montreux Declaration, the three speeches by La Francophonie Secretary-General Abdou Diouf, and the nine Resolutions adopted during the Summit are available on the websites of the International Organization of La Francophonie and the Summit.
The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) has announced that the 19th call for project proposals for the Fonds francophone des inforoutes is now open. The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2011. According to the OIF:
"To boost the presence of the French language in the digital world and meet the needs of developing countries, the International Organization of La Francophonie supports the production of digital content and applications through Fonds francophone des inforoutes.
The fund's mission is to promote ITCs in southern countries and central and eastern Europe by funding, through calls for proposals, multilateral initiatives to produce French-language content that dovetails with the Francophonie's main aims. The Fonds provides financial support in the form of grants."
All documents and information required to apply are available by contacting the OIF or visiting its website.
The following documents for the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee to be held in Paris, November 29 to December 3 are now available on the UNESCO website:
The latest issue of the CapsulesMonde newsletter looks at the following globalization and cultural issues.
Politics and institutions
Managing cultural pluralism
Capsules Monde is available in French on the LEPPM (Laboratoire d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la mondialisation) website.
The October issue of the C-News newsletter, published by Culturelink, is now available. It addresses some twenty subjects under the following headings: calls for papers and presentations, educational programs and fellowships, international conferences and festivals, and new books and publications.
C-News is available on the Culturelink website.
The September 21 issue of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Newsletter discusses the abridged version (124 pages, available in a number of languages) of the study entitled Implementing the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of cultural Expressions in the European Union, edited by Germann Avocats.
The study is described as follow: "This study provides a summary of the state of implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions of 2005. Focusing on fields in which the E.U. is expected to provide leadership or coordination, it is intended to provide ideas and long term guidance on implementing the Convention. For that purpose, it analyses the obligations set out by this treaty. It assesses various practices in implementing the UNESCO Convention from a legal and practical viewpoint, and identifies challenges and measures to help achieve the objectives of this instrument."
The full version of the study (334 pages, English only) is also available. It provides a more detailed analysis of the issues in the form of a discussion paper. The full version, the summaries, and responses to the survey of public and private stakeholders both within the E.U. and without are all available at diversitystudy.eu.
The proceedings of the Funding Culture, Managing the Risk symposium are now available on the UNESCO website.
In April 2010, UNESCO brought together experts in finance, development, research, and culture at a symposium entitled Funding Culture, Managing the Risk. The event was organized to share ideas on innovative approaches and strategies to improve cultural funding opportunities in developing countries. According to UNESCO:
"The two-day symposium, supported by the Government of Spain and held at the Organization's headquarters, was part of a series of events organized by UNESCO's Culture Sector aiming to catalyze new ideas and international action around the culture and development agenda.
Culture is a powerful driver of development, with great potential and impact for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; with only five years before the deadline for their achievement, 2010 offers the international community critical opportunities to place the role of culture more centrally in development practices and policies.
This volume brings together presentations from leading experts and practitioners in the field and captures the dynamic exchanges of ideas and experiences. Included are the key messages of the symposium and the lead-up event, a global online discussion, as well as proposals on the way forward for the culture and development agenda."
The proceedings are available in French on the UNESCO website.
UNESCO has announced a new program funded by the European Union and aimed at providing technical assistance in support of governance in culture. Sixty-nine developing countries that have ratified the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and are recognized by the E.U.'s Human and Social Development will benefit from the program
The program fact sheet describes the initiative as follows: "Through this program, the national human and institutional capacities of developing countries are to be reinforced. This should result in the design and/or implementation of policies that address the role of culture in social and economic development, particularly through the cultural industries. It is expected that this will also contribute to an enabling environment for the production and distribution of cultural goods, services and activities."
For more information, visit the UNESCO website.
Culturesfrance is promoting Danse l'Afrique danse, which is being held in Bamako from October 29 to Novembe 5, 2010.
After previous editions in Madagascar, Luanda, Paris, and Tunis, the 2010 edition is being held in Mali.
For this 8th edition of the biennial event, organizer Culturesfrance partnered with Donko Seko, an organization involved in training, creation, and production on the Mali art scene.
The choreography contest—the cornerstone of the event—will feature 10 companies and 10 solo performances selected from 150 entries.
The organization Young Musicians of the World supports working class young people by establishing free music schools that focus on heritage. Founded in Québec, the organization opened its first school in 2001 in Dharwad, India. According to the organization's website:
"Young Musicians of the World" was created with the dual vision of helping youth and preserving the musical heritage of the world. This organization works to organize and run traditional music schools in various countries around the world. These schools, all tuition-free, aim at making it possible for young people to be integrated in a deeply satisfying activity which stimulates them and gives them confidence and self esteem.
The schools bring to young people the opportunity to be involved in work which makes personal development possible and in turn enables them to be self assured on both professional and human levels.
Ultimately, Young Musicians of the World also aspires to produce accomplished musicians and wants to thus contribute towards greater exposure as well as continuity of musical traditions in the countries where such projects are or will be established. For this, the organization acts to support the conservation and promotion of a world musical heritage which has become quite fragile. It could be said that the work of Young Musicians of the World is not just education, but "musical ecology."
Young Musicians of the World helps disadvantaged young people. In Canada it has schools in Québec City and Montréal as well as the First Nations community of Kitcisakik in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. In India it directs Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (the Kalkeri school) in the state of Karnataka. It also has contacts with other individuals and organizations with the goal of eventually creating music schools in Mali, Brazil, and in other First Nations communities in Québec.
For more information on this project, visit the Young Musicians of the World website.
The 19th edition of the International Quimera Festival held in Mexico October 15–24 featured 281 cultural activities at 14 forums, and gave young people a chance to express themselves and showcase their creativity.
The municipality of Metepec, with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute and Conaculta (Consejo nacional para la cultura y las artes), put together a diverse program of music, painting, photography, sculpture, and gastronomy.
Lilia Patricia Fierro, director of Education and Culture for Metepec, noted that the program, which blended various musical genres, also included a graffiti component giving young people an opportunity to express their creativity and awaken their collective awareness of a variety of themes.
CONACULTA announced the event as follows: "Metepec opens its doors to allow audiences to discover the traditions, folklore, and talents of men and women through a colorful celebration in which artistic expression meets popular art—the cornerstone of Latin-American identity."