The Inter-American U40 meeting will be held from May 19 to 22 in Toluca, Mexico. Organized by the City of Toluca in partnership with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the meeting will spotlight the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at the city and community levels. It will look at the following questions: Which culture policies are available to local governments to promote local cultural expressions? Which regulations could be put in place to ensure the fair exchange of goods and services with aboriginals and minorities? Which activities and projects can civil society put in place to help protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions locally? And which activities can be set up to make communities more aware of the need to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions?
The U40 program is an opportunity for young culture experts, cultural policy experts midway through their careers, young culture professionals, jurists, graduate and postgraduate students, and other qualified professionals under 40 to take part in an international debate on cultural diversity and the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. It was set up by the German Commission for UNESCO in 2007.