Launch of the Global Report on Cultural Policies in Colombia

On December 2nd, 2016, the Global Report "RelShaping Cultural Policies: 10 Years of Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Development" was presented at the Regional Center for Book Promotion in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), in Bogotá, Colombia.

The launch in Colombia of the Spanish version of the report, recently translated in collaboration with the UNESCO Office in Mexico, was held to conclude the workshop on institutional and civil society capacity-building for the preparation of the country’s first periodic report on the 2005 Convention, organized at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University as part of the project "Strengthening fundamental freedoms by promoting the diversity of cultural expressions" supported by the Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation.

The ReǀShaping Cultural Policies report is the first of a series whose main objective is to evaluate the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions around the world.

During the opening ceremony, Liza Gisbert, Project Coordinator at UNESCO Quito Office, stressed the importance of the innovative monitoring framework included in the report, which will promote a more effecient implementation of the Convention and contribute to demonstrating the impact of the diversity of cultural expressions in sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda.

For the Colombian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO’s Executive Secretary, Luis Armando Soto Boutin, "the ReIShaping cultural policies global report should be a document that guides daily work. The challenge is to give a voice to civil society, and an opportunity for them to become more involved in cultural cooperation."

Two round tables were held. The first on "Culture and Development in Colombia" was presented by Javier Machicado, Director of Lado B, Eduardo Saravia, Advisor for the Entrepreneurship Group of the Ministry of Culture, and Omar Lopez, 2005 Convention expert. Luis Armando Soto Boutin, Executive Secretary of the Colombian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Giselle Dupin, 2005 Convention expert and Argemiro Cortés, Director of Communication of the Ministry of Culture participated in the second round table entitled "Cultural Cooperation: Colombia and South-South Cooperation". During this round table, Mr. Cortés underlined that "we (Colombia) are a cultural reference for the countries of South and Central America, we strengthen relations with neighboring countries and culture plays a major role in this framework".

The launch of the report was jointly organized by the Executive Secretariat of the Colombian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO's Diversity of Cultural Expressions Section, UNESCO Quito Office and representative of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the Regional Center for Book Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC).