An information exchange seminar on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Expressions took place from December 13 to 15, 2011, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Organized by the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) with the support of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) and the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the event was attended by around 20 cultural sector representatives in Africa. The participants had the opportunity to exchange information on the state of cultural policies as well as artists' rights and practices that enhance or harm the protection and promotion of cultural diversity in Africa. They also drafted their projects under the direction of trainers who helped them develop strategies likely to attract financing from sources such as the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
This seminar provided good practice with respect to Article 11 (Participation of civil society) of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions because its purpose was to encourage civil society to take part in effectively implementing the Convention.
The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) is the voice of cultural professionals worldwide. The Federation brings together 43 national coalitions comprised of over 600 professional cultural organizations from all continents.