The U40 Arabesque Network inception meeting was held March 13 to 15, 2013, in the city of Alexandria. U40 Arabesque is an extension of the U40 global network in Arab countries. The regional network is tasked with promoting and translating into action the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, particularly by implementing cultural policies in the region.
At this first meeting, the twelve participants (seven from Egypt and five from other Arab countries) set out the strategy and working plan for the U40 Arabesque Network, as well as the methodologies for promoting the Convention in their respective countries. They also determined ways of communicating among themselves and with the other U40 global network regional sections.
For more information, please visit the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.
The U40 global network arose from the U40 "Cultural Diversity 2030" program (2008–2010) initiated by the German Commission for UNESCO in order to give culture experts under age 40 (U40) the opportunity to take part in international debate on cultural diversity and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The U40 Network brings together some sixty young cultural specialists from around the world, including cultural policy experts, lawyers, graduate and postgraduate students, doctoral candidates, and other skilled professionals.