On December 10, 2012, an information session entitled “Unlocking Opportunities: Governance of Culture for Development – the UNESCO–EU partnership on the implementation of the 2005 Convention” was held prior to the sixth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The aim of the session was to present the preliminary results of the program “Expert Facility to Strengthen the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries,” funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNESCO.
Since November 2011, recognized experts from a tailor-made Expert Facility in cultural governance and cultural industries have carried out technical assistance missions in 13 developing countries that are Parties to the Convention (Argentina (Buenos Aires), Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles, and Vietnam). The experts assisted these countries in ongoing efforts to strengthen human and institutional capacities to develop policies that support the emergence of dynamic cultural industries.
Chaired by the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Francesco Bandarin, the meeting discussed important experiences highlighting a long term need for capacity-building for introducing and developing policies that have a direct effect on access to and the creation, production, and distribution of a diversity of cultural expressions requiring the active engagement of various government ministries and civil society.