Experts brainstorm the upcoming Global Report on 2005 Convention

What are the emerging trends and development in the cultural field? How can countries and other stakeholders translate the provisions in the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions into action? What are the policy areas of change and progress? These are some of the central questions experts will be exploring during their second Editorial Board meeting to prepare for the 2017 edition of the Global Report on the monitoring of the Convention set to take place in Sweden from 1-3 March 2017.

The meeting, to be held in Stockholm with the support of the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, will strike out in new directions from the first biennial report “Re|Shaping Cultural Policies” published in 2015.

The 2015 edition explored the policy impact of the Convention over the 2005-2015 period and proposed a monitoring framework and a set of 33 core indicators to assess the future implementation of the 2005 Convention. The new edition will assess the impact of freshly reported policies and measures, provided in particular by the 145 Parties to the Convention through their Quadrennial Periodic Reports, as well as the difficulties encountered in their implementation. In addition, it will contain analytical reflections on recent and emerging trends and developments in the cultural field that need to be brought to the attention of the international community.

Experts in Stockholm will review the application of this new monitoring framework. One of the key questions will be to discuss the status of data collection and identify emerging trends for each of the ten thematic chapters of the report. These challenges are common to all of the authors who are penning contributions on the diverse aspects of the 2005 Convention including, for example: artistic freedom; the flow of goods and services; gender equality; the role of civil society; the digital environment; and public service media.

The meeting will also comprise a side-event on Thursday 2 March, organized by the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO. This public discussion will focus on challenges of artistic freedom and mobility of artists and include a dialogue between Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Principal Editor Global Report 2017, and Per Olsson Fridh, State Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, on the future of cultural policies.

Ten years since the Convention entered into force

The Global Report series is conceived as a tool to monitor the impact of the 2005 Convention on the Expressions since it entered into force in 2007. It is designed to facilitate information sharing and knowledge production, with particular focus on progress made toward achieving the four main goals of the Convention :

  1. support sustainable systems of governance for culture;
  2. achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals;
  3. integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks;
  4. promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The first two editions of the Global Report are supported within a broader programme entitled “Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions”, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The 2017 edition will be launched at the next session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention, on 12-15 December 2017.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 08:30
Location: Swedish Arts Coucil, Stockholm, SE-102 53, Sweden