Please summarize in max 3500 characters the main achievements and challenges in implementing the Convention and the outlook for the future. Please note this is not an introduction to the report or an annotated table of contents.:
UNESCO’s convention on cultural diversity (2005) has reached a stage where the importance of creativity and innovation for the development of society, and especially for economic development, has begun to be emphasised internationally in new ways. The importance of culture and creative sectors has also been recognized in the national level. The implementation of the UNESCO 2005 Convention forms a natural part of the Finnish cultural policy, as well as of the Finnish objectives for sustainable development. Finland implements the Convention as a Member State of the European Union.The objective of Finnish education and cultural policy is to guarantee all people - irrespective of their ethnic origin, background or wealth – equal opportunities and rights to culture, free quality education, and prerequisites for full citizenship.The Finnish Government’s basic premise is that culture plays a central role in building a sustainable society. Arts and culture are essential elements of social life, and their creative effects extend into every sector of life. The Government aims to develop a cultural policy which recognises cultural diversity, provides proper working conditions for artists and creative sector and ensures that culture is available to every citizen. Special steps are currently taken to enhance participation in culture of vulnerable groups and especially children and young people. However, there remain challenges as regards the possibilities of artists to do their work and contribute to the society in the best possible ways. Artists position in the labour market and the level of artists' income are not on a solid base. Gender equality, freedom of artistic expression and self sencorship of artists are topical questions as well. The possibilities of culture and creative sector in the field of development cooperation have not been fully recognized and exploited. Steps are taken in this field as well.