Capacity building

A global capacity-building strategy was designed in 2013 to support Parties in creating institutional and professional environments favourable to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and to raise broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s principles and objectives.

Capacity-building actions take the form of sharing of knowledge, production of pedagogic tools and materials, training and technical assistance, mentoring or coaching through projects tailored to the specific needs of the beneficiary country, aiming to address the most urgent requirements such as: 

  • revision of policies and legislation;
  • strengthening of institutional systems of governance for culture; and 
  • enhancement of professional skills and capacities required for the emergence of dynamic creative and cultural industries sectors. 

our programmes


Programmes for the implementation of the Convention aim at strengthening the capacities of Parties – particularly developing countries – to design policies, measures and programmes that have a direct impact on the creation, production, distribution and enjoyment of a diversity of cultural expressions.  In the long term, the objective is to bring about positive transformations in the systems of governance that can benefit the cultural and creative sectors.

our partners


The experts are familiar with the UNESCO tools and training materials, which they adapt to local contexts and use to deliver training and capacity-building services at the country level.

pool of expert

An Expert Facility specialized in the fields of cultural policy, governance, as well as cultural and creative industries, was established in 2011 with the support of the European Union. It was expanded in 2015 to include new areas, such as cultural statistics and indicators; trade; digitization; media diversity; status of the artist and freedom of artistic expression; preferential treatment and mobility. 


Mobilizing extra-budgetary funds

As part of its effort to implement the strategy on capacity development through extra-budgetary fund mobilization, two concept notes have been included in UNESCO’s “Pipeline of Priority Proposals” : Strengthening national capacities for the Protection and Promotion of the diversity of Cultural expressions, and Monitoring the Protection and Promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.


UNESCO is developing training materials for facilitators and implementing capacity- building programmes, building on a dynamic network of trained experts to deliver capacity-development services in countries around the world. Other publications on programmes and activities are also available.