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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 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.
"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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Does the report target a specific audience?
Yes. The Global Report’s target audiences are the main stakeholders of the 2005 Convention, which include: government officials, civil society organizations, specialized institutions, experts, development practitioners, UN agencies, and artists and professionals from the culture sector at large.
Who funds the report?
The Report is supported by the Government of Sweden/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the project entitled “Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions”. Other donors and partners are invited to support.
How is the report prepared?
UNESCO is the lead institutional author of the Report and coordinates a broader network of independent experts who author chapters. The authors contributing to the Report also constitute its editorial board. The Report is reviewed by external independent experts. Professor Yudhishthir Raj Isar (The American University of Paris and Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University) served as the Principal Editor of the 2018 edition of the Global Report. The Global Report Team is led by Danielle Cliche, Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expression Section and Secretary of the 2005 Convention.
Where does the data come from?
Data for the Global Report is derived from the Quadrennial Periodic Reports (QPRs) submitted by Parties to the 2005 Convention every four years, and which contain best practices as well as innovative policies and measures, as well as other non-governmental sources from academia, civil society and the private sector.
How is the report shared and disseminated?
International, regional and national launches are organized around the world.
The Global Report is published in English and French, and subject to extra-budgetary funding, is also translated into a variety of additional languages
The Report’s findings are also shared during ministerial meetings, international academic conferences, capacity-building training sessions, and in seminars led by NGOs, researchers and civil society. They are also disseminated through the media and social networks.
"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.
Filmmaker and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity
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