From May 19 to 22, 2011, the city of Toluca hosted the Inter-American Meeting on Cultural Diversity that brought together 43 young culture experts and professionals from 14 countries. The members of U40 (i.e., under 40 years old) were joined by a group of young Mexican professionals interested in the debate on the diversity of cultural expressions.
Throughout the meeting, participants shared the practices that worked best at the local level and the weaknesses, strengths, and challenges of these practices. Particular attention was paid to indigenous peoples of Mexico and the Toluca area. This time for reflection led to the creation of U40 Mexico, whose goal is to make UNESCO's 2005 Convention more visible in the 32 states that make up the Mexican federation. At the end of the meeting the participants produced a document entitled "Proposals for local measures and programs to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions."
This meeting was organized by the city of Toluca as part of the international U40 program, "Cultural Diversity 2030," in collaboration with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) and the German Commission for UNESCO.
This meeting is one of 31 projects funded under the pilot phase of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.