Global Report 2015 - Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

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Global Report 2015

Re | SHAPING
CULTURAL
POLICIES

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WHAT

The Global Report series tracks on a biennial basis the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions by analyzing trends, showcasing successes and highlighting challenges faced by Parties to the Convention. Through the development of indicators and benchmarks, it assesses the impact of policies and measures over time in order to provide key actors with better knowledge on how to support evidence-based policy, and to strengthen informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance for culture.
HOW

The Global Report series draws on quantitative and qualitative data, collected from both governmental and non-governmental sources. This includes information and data collected from the Quadrennial Periodic Reports that are submitted every four years by Parties on policies and measures taken to implement the Convention. With the formal recognition of the role and responsibilities of civil society in the implementation of the Convention, non-governmental sources, be they academic, or from cultural institutions, civil society organizations or private corporations, are also used.
WHO

UNESCO is the lead institutional author of the Global Report series and coordinates a broader network of independent experts who author chapters.

UNESCO
GLOBAL REPORT 2015
 

Re | SHAPING
CULTURAL
POLICIES

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"For the first time at the global level, the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 acknowledges the key role of culture, creativity and cultural diversityto solving sustainable development challenges."

Irina BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General

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> KEY FINDINGS

of the report

 
  • Keeping up with new demands.

    There are two emerging policy fields which are important enablers and drivers of the diversity of cultural expressions: public service media and digital technologies. It has become clear that the scope of the 2005 Convention needs to be broadened to include freedom of information laws, telecommunication policy, questions of e-commerce as well as internet governance.

  • Improving the flow of cultural goods and services.

    While the growth in developing countries of exports of cultural goods has increased exponentially, there are still imbalances between imports and exports of cultural goods and services from the global North and global South. Measures which help promote a balance in the flow of cultural goods from developing countries to the rest of the world need to be in place. This will in turn promote ease of movement for artists, goods and services.

  • Culture is key for Sustainable Development.

    Culture drives economic and social development by creating jobs, generating incomes, sparking innovation, contributing to the wellbeing of communities, giving voice to different groups and fostering understanding and cohesion. For these reasons, sustainable development policies and international aid programmes should include culture as a strategic dimension.

  • Ensuring Artistic Freedom.

    International and national legislation for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression should be implemented by Parties and should carry reference to artistic freedom and the economic and social rights of artists. Freedom of expression for artists is no less important than freedom of expression for journalists. We see today a critical lack of data and organized networks. Restrictions to artistic freedom and access to artistic expressions generate important cultural, social and economic losses, depriving artists of their means of expression and livelihood.

  • Addressing the Gender imbalance.

    Women are still under represented as creators and producers of content within the artistic and media sphere. While women are strongly represented in the creative sector in most parts of the world, they remain poorly represented in a number of cultural professions and in decision-making positions in many cultural organizations and industries. New policies and measures are needed to recognize, support and promote women as creators and producers of cultural expressions, and as citizens participating in cultural life.

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"With the Convention, we can uphold the values of equitable access, openness and balance into the next decade"

Gilberto GIL
Former Minister of Culture of Brazil and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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> GOALS

of the 2005 Convention

GOAL 1: Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture

Goal 1 looks at national policies and measures put into action to promote creation, production, distribution and access with regard to diverse cultural goods and services, as well as to work towards creating transparent and inclusive systems of governance for culture. Core Areas for Monitoring Results: Cultural Policies, Public Service Media, Digital Environment and Partnering with Civil Society.

GOAL 2: Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Goal 2 examines measures which help promote a balance in the flow of cultural goods and services which will in turn promote measures that increase the ease of movement for artists and enable them to travel more easily. Core Areas for Monitoring Results: Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals, Flow of Cultural Goods & Services, Treaties and Agreements.

GOAL 3: Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks

Goal 3 explores the strategic dimension of culture in sustainable development policies and international aid programmes.Core Areas for Monitoring Results: National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans, International Sustainable Development Programmes.

GOAL 4: Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms

Goal 4 argues that international and national legislation for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedom of expression should be implemented by Parties and should carry reference to artistic freedom and the economic rights of artists. Core Areas for Monitoring Results: Gender Equality, Artistic Freedom.

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"Imagine a world with no artists, no honest expression, no light, no beauty, no truth"

Christiane AMANPOUR
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety

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Convention 2005
Global Report
2015
 
A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Development