Seven projects in the creative sector receive financial support

8th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (9-11 December 2014)

On the occasion of its eighth session which concluded today, the members of the Intergovernmental Committee for Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions decided to award a total amount of US $618,418 from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) to the following seven projects:

·         Empowering African youth to harness the potential of the music sector, International Music Council (joint proposal Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania)

·         Building a sustainable performing arts industry in Cambodia, Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

·         Strengthening local and regional institutional capacities to develop cultural industries policies in Serbia, Creative Economy Group (Serbia)

·         Emerging Youth: Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and promoting young talents in the African music sector, Réseau culturel et artistique pour la formation et la Francophonie – RECAF (Chad)

·         Developing an efficient policy for the promotion of cultural industries in Morocco, Association Racines (Morocco)

·         Promoting young people’s participation in the book and music industries in Mexico, Germinalia A.C (Mexico)

·         Fostering an active participation of vulnerable groups in the creative sector in Uruguay, National Directorate of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay)

Since 2010, the IFCD has awarded US$5.3 million to 78 projects in 48  developing countries, covering a wide range of areas, from the development of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, to the creation of new cultural industry business models.

The Committee also emphasized the importance of implementing Articles 16 and 21 of the Convention, on preferential treatment for developing countries and on international cooperation respectively, calling on all Parties to increase their efforts.  It also debated the impact of digital technologies on the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, for example in production and distribution of and access to creative content.  The Committee decided to organize in 2015 a special exchange session with international experts, relevant international organizations and civil society to share the latest information and data on these issues at the heart of the 2005 Convention.

At the opening session, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her hope that UNESCO be given ‘the means it needs to sustain and implement this powerful Convention’, which recognizes the distinctive and dual (economic and cultural) nature of cultural goods and services.  She also conveyed her gratitude to Sweden for its contribution of US$2.5 million. This funding from the Swedish International Development Agency will support capacity building activities designed to facilitate evidenced-based policy making at the country level and help monitor the policy impact of the Convention at the global level.

The 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the youngest and fastest growing UNESCO Culture Convention, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015.

 ·         Contacts:

o    Lucía Iglesias Kuntz – l.iglesias(at)unesco.org +33 (0)1 45 68 17 02

o    Isabelle Le Fournis – i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48

 ·         Visit the web pages : en.unesco.org/creativity/