The Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Bangladesh and UNESCO organized a three-day ministerial Forum from May 9 to 11, 2012, in Dhaka, with a view of strengthening bilateral and multilateral cultural cooperation between countries in the region and encouraging further ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at the country level.
The ministers of culture and representatives of the region’s thirty-three countries attended this meeting, which ended with the adoption of the Dhaka Declaration on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The declaration calls for strengthening cultural cooperation as a driver of sustainable and humane development in the region. Moreover, since only 12 out of the 44 member countries in the Asia and Pacific region have ratified the Convention, the Declaration also calls upon UNESCO to raise awareness of the Convention and continue to provide technical assistance for its implementation.
By participating in this forum and unanimously adopting the Declaration, nations in the Asia and Pacific region stressed their commitment to protect cultural diversity, promote cultural and creative industries, and strengthen regional cooperation in those fields.
For more details regarding this event, please consult the Cultural Diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia Pacific Region website.
The forum was supported by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, established by the Convention, and is included in the projects that have been approved for the first call for funding applications (2010).