Investing in Culture for Sustainable development. Showcasing the impact and achievements of the UNESCO/EU Expert facility Project

On the occasion of European Development Days, to be celebrated in Brussels on 15-16 June 2016, UNESCO has released a new publication, “Investing in Culture for Sustainable Development. Impact and achievements of the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project”.

This publication features the outcomes of the flagship project “Expert Facility to strengthen the system of governance of culture in developing countries”.

This project, funded by the EU and implemented by UNESCO from 2010 to 2015, served to make the principles and objectives of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, operational at national levels. In addition to the creation of an Expert Facility of 30 international experts specialized in the field covered by the 2005 Convention, it helped to support and assist 13 countries (Argentina, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles and Viet Nam) in the design and implementation of public polices for the cultural and creative industries.

Missions enabled countries to design or strengthen their policies and strategies for the cultural industries, and contributed towards building capacities of public authorities. This led, for example, to the adoption of a National Cultural Policy in Cambodia, a White paper on Arts and Culture in Mauritius, or a National Strategy for the Creative Industries in Viet Nam.

In his preface, the Assistant-Director General for Culture of UNESCO, Francesco Bandarin, states that “the framework provided by the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity Cultural Expressions, now ratified by 144 Parties, including the EU, has provided the necessary evidence to demonstrate the positive effects of participatory engagement in policy making within the culture sector and the ways in which governments can work together to unlock the potential of creativity for societies. We are also now better positioned to show how investing in cultural policies and creativity can transform societies and better equipped to monitor the structural impact of our initiatives to promote culture for sustainable development”.

Read here the publication “Investing in Culture for Sustainable Development”.