2018 Global Report - Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

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Global Report 2018


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The Global Report series has been designed to monitor the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). It provides evidence of how this implementation process contributes to attaining the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
The 2018 Global Report analyses progress achieved in implementing the 2005 Convention since the first Global Report was published in 2015.

The Global Report series produce new and valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development.

Grounded in the analysis of the Quadrennial Periodic Reports submitted by Parties to the Convention and relevant new findings, this report examines how the 2005 Convention has inspired policy change at the global and country level in ten areas of monitoring. It puts forward a set of policy recommendations for the future, addressing the adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression.





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"Our roadmap is clear and requires the cooperation of governments and non-governmental actors in four key areas: strengthening governance for culture, improving the conditions for the mobility of artists,integrating culture in sustainable development strategies, and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Director-General of UNESCO

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The launch of UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report “Re-Shaping Cultural policies took place at UNESCO HQ on 14th December 2017, from 3PM to 6PM, in Room II. The event was opened by Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, and Karin Strandås, Secretary of State to the Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden.
The launch event was marked by two discussion panels:

  • A first panel, with the participation of the contributing authors to the report and moderated by Professor Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Principal Editor of the Global Report, and discussed the main findings of the Report.
  • A second panel, “Towards Support Policies for Independent Cinema?” and moderated by Frédéric Bonnaud, Director General of the French Cinémathèque, addressed the challenges facing the independent film sector and bring together various film directors and producers.
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"By combining forces with public authorities and through investment in youth and culture, the qualitative leap towards the emergence of a new governance in Africa is becoming a reality that ultimately contributes to the strengthening of social cohesion, a creative economy and the well-being of citizens".

Chairperson, Arterial Network

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"Promoting cultural diversity is the best way to fight prejudice, cross language barriers and bring communities together."

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

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"We must listen to voices in the field and to cultural players, and engage with them, as well as with our partners, active in the sector, and other international donors, in order to facilitate the governance of culture in the global South"

Director-General of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

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"We need, more than ever, the 2005 Convention as a framework: to build policies that promote artistic freedoms and to nurture, protect and championthe creativity that makes us human.

Deeyah KHAN
Filmmaker and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity

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