On October 20 and 21, the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, the Arterial Network, and the founding members of the U40 Africa Network convened a two-day conference aimed at bringing civil society and government together to discuss the application of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Africa, with particular emphasis on South Africa.
The event provided a platform for informing South African civil society as well as key African players about the content of the Convention and the current status of its application. It established ways in which the Convention could benefit the creative sector in South Africa and Africa and set up a mechanism to monitor and assist in the realization of the aims of the Convention.
Moreover, the conference served as a springboard to launch the African chapter of the U40 Network, which is composed of cultural experts and professionals under the age of 40 from around the world. The members of the U40 Network attended a working session dedicated to the development of a plan of action for the Convention's implementation and growth throughout the African continent.