The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is articulated in the 2014-2023 National Policy on Cultural Rights (PNDC), which "defines a set of strategic approaches which are considered fundamental to encourage the effective participation of population diversity in cultural life, as well as the effective articulation of cultural expressions in the sociocultural and economic development at the local, regional and national levels" (PNDC, 2013:4). Additionally, the PNDC is accompanied by a Plan of Action that will formalize and specify time frames, persons in charge, expected outcomes, resources allocated, and the necessary monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
This national policy was developed based on the consensus reached among diverse social actors that participated in workshops, interviews, dialogues and work meetings. This is aligned with Article 11 of the Convention which reads: "Parties acknowledge the fundamental role of civil society in protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions."
Likewise, the Strategic Plan (2013) of the Directorate of Culture of the Ministry of Culture and Youth contains the following Mission and Vision:
"We are the MCJ entity dedicated to the social management of cultures. Through participatory processes, technological platforms and in articulation with civil society and the public and private sectors, we foster and recognize cultural diversity in Costa Rica."
"To be the MCJ entity specialized in and recognized for the social management of cultures, encouraging participatory methodologies, using technological platforms and articulating with civil society and the public and private sectors, in order to strengthen cultural diversity and self-management capacities of communities." (Gómez, 2013:5)
The Convention was also taken into consideration in Law No. 9211 "National Culture Awards" (2014), including the annual national "Emilia Prieto Intangible Cultural Heritage" award, which recognizes lifelong work in culture, resulting in a decisive contribution to strengthening Costa Rican cultural space and development in any of the following cultural expressions: 1) oral expressions and traditions, including language as a vehicle for intangible cultural heritage; 2) performing arts; 2) social and ritual uses, and festive ceremonies; 4) knowledge, procedures and uses related to nature and the universe; and 5) traditional artisanal techniques, as well as the annual national awards for cultural management and promotion; cultural research; and cultural communication.
Lastly, a program called "Puntos de Cultura" (Culture Points) is currently under development, and will provide competitive funds to support cultural initiatives of the Costa Rican civil society.