“Arterial Network and the Department of Arts and Culture will coorganize a conference on cultural diversity which is to take place on March 30 and 31, 2011. The aims of the conference include informing civil society in the creative sector about the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its current status internationally and within South Africa. It will also launch a mechanism to advance and monitor the implementation of the Convention within South Africa and between South Africa and African and international partners.
“The conference will also facilitate the launch of the South African chapter of U40. The U40 forum offers young experts under 40—postgraduates, PhD students, young professionals, and similarly qualified young experts—the opportunity to participate in the international debate on cultural diversity and the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005),” reads the press release on the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.