Ministerial meeting to encourage ratification in the Asia Pacific region

The project aims to encourage follow-up events to be organised in other neighbor countries to continue the promotion and awareness-raising initiative of the convention. To do so, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine & Performing Arts) of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs organized a three-day ministerial Forum in 2012, invited and encourage more countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ratify the 2005 Convention.
Project manager:
Kamal Lohani
Beneficiary countries:
  • Bangladesh
Funds allocated:
US $ 38.000,00
Project implementation period:
November, 2011 to June, 2012
Adopted the Dhaka Declaration where Asia-Pacific nations proved their commitment to promoting cultural and creative industries and to strengthening regional cooperation in this area


More and more countries in Asia-Pacific are investing in cultural industries as a key part of their socioeconomic progress. A timely three-day forum in May, organized by the Bangladesh Ministry of Cultural Affairs, brought representatives of 33 countries together in Dhaka. The focus was on exchanging experiences and exploring how UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions can further boost cultural industries and international cooperation in the region.