Under a cooperation agreement between Sweden and UNESCO, the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation on Development has earmarked US $2.5 million for the diversity of cultural expressions
On November 28, 2014, UNESCO director general Irina Bokova and Her Excellency Annika Markovic, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Sweden to UNESCO, signed a cooperation agreement for 2014–2017 that included a project on implementation of the Convention of the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and US$2.5 million in funding from the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation in Development.
The project's main goals are as follows:
- Strengthen the human and institutional capacity of developing countries party to the Convention and enhance their systems of cultural governance by offering training workshops on information gathering and policy monitoring, preparation of quadrennial periodic reports, and engagement and public dialogue with civil society;
- Provide support for the publication of two world reports (2015 and 2017) assessing Convention implementation and facilitating information and knowledge sharing internationally. The reports will take inspiration from the periodic reports submitted by Parties to the Convention or from academic contributions from civil society. With their analysis of current global trends, the reports will serve as reference and evaluation tools on Convention implementation around the world and help identify good practices locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally;
- Develop a knowledge management system (a common platform) for gathering and disseminating quantitative and qualitative data on Convention implementation and monitoring activities (such as the quadrennial periodic reports and novel examples therein).
To read the press release, see the UNESCO website.