The Secretariat of the 2005 Convention, based at UNESCO Headquarters supports the implementation of the Convention by :
Assisting the Convention’s governing bodies
UNESCO assists the Conference of Parties and the Intergovernmental Committee in the organization of statutory meetings.
Funding innovative projects
Through the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), a unique multi-donor, voluntary fund to foster the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, UNESCO plays a critical role in the field of culture for development. These projects support local artists and cultural professionals by improving their entrepreneurial skills; their legal or economic infrastructure; and encouraging international exchanges.
Providing customized, demand-driven and needs-based training
UNESCO provides customized, demand-driven and needs-based interventions in cultural policy design and implementation; policy monitoring and evaluation; and project development. It has developed a series of training modules that help to support the implementation of the Convention in various areas. These are delivered through the vast network of UNESCO Field Offices and the Convention’s Expert Facility, comprised of leading international experts from all regions of the world with varied policy and sector expertise.
Promoting the exchange, analysis and dissemination of information
UNESCO ensures the collection, analysis and dissemination of information, statistics and best practices. Drawing from the quadrennial periodic reports (QPR) submitted by Parties every four years, UNESCO publishes a Global Report, “Re-Shaping Cultural Policies”, that tracks progress made in the implementation of the 2005 Convention. UNESCO also publishes studies on emerging issues.