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News | In remembrance of Stephen Chifunyise, revered UNESCO Cultural Expert

Zimbabwe’s legendary playwright, cultural expert, theatre authority and a cultural master practitioner Stephen Chifunyise, affectionately known as ‘Uncle Steve,’ passed away at the age of 70. A UNESCO cultural expert... › Read more


News | The Gambia leads the way towards new cultural policy monitoring

How do we measure creativity? Monitoring and data collection is an essential task for governments that wish to encourage the growth of their creative economy. Only when we understand the current state of the cultural... › Read more


News | Palestine: Young women behind the camera in the spotlight at audio-visual training

The film industry’s gender gap is in the spotlight, with actors speaking up against under-representation and unequal pay. Women behind the spotlights, on the other hand, remain largely in the shadow. Worldwide, only one... › Read more


News | Culture in trade – UNESCO’s new study on CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

UNESCO has released a new study “Rebalancing trade flows between Europe and the Caribbean?” to explore opportunities for developing countries to increase participation in global trade of cultural goods and services in... › Read more


Event | Regional training of trainers on cultural policy monitoring in Asia

 The UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions supports governments and civil society to design and implement policies that ... › Read more


News | Call for applications - Knowledge Management Associate Project Officer

Join the 2005 Convention team!Seeking for Associate Project Officer in Knowledge ManagementDeadline: 31 July 2019 (midnight, Paris time)For the ongoing development of the Knowledge Management System of the 2005... › Read more


News | The Republic of Djibouti holds a validation workshop for its first National Cultural Policy

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the Ministry of Muslim Affairs, Culture and Waqfs Assets in collaboration with UNESCO organized a consultation and finalization workshop on the National Cultural Policy and its Action Plan,... › Read more


News | Rethinking cultural policies in the digital age: Ministers of Culture of Mercosur set out new priorities for regional integration with UNESCO

The XLV meeting of Ministers of culture of Mercosur was hosted by the UNESCO Montevideo Office at Villa Ocampo, Argentina, on June 27, 2019. Amongst the key topics discussed were: enhancing market access and regional... › Read more


News | Rwanda aims to strengthen capacities of 100 young professionals in the cultural and creative industries through targeted training workshops

A Korean Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO project is supporting a series of “training of trainers” workshops in Kigali in the fields of Performing Arts (music, theatre, dance), Film Production and Visual Arts as well as... › Read more


News | Gabon and South Sudan highlight job creation in creative sector as key to achieve SDG 8

Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are increasingly recognized as a significant source of income and driver of job creation, often through micro, small and medium enterprises. In the face of transformation of CCIs... › Read more


News | Developing Colombia’s creative economy through professional trainings

In 2018, the City of Bogota recorded 28,046 companies in the creative and cultural industries, of which 29.2% were headed by women. These are some figures from study conducted by Yanhaas, from October 2017 to February... › Read more


News | Call for Expression of Interest - Project implementation in Georgia

Call for Expression of Interest for project implementation in Georgia EU/UNESCO Expert Facility on the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries: Support for new regulatory frameworks to strengthen the cultural... › Read more


News | Creating an enabling environment for creative sectors in Georgia and Zimbabwe

When it comes to cultural governance, there is no magic formula. Each country possesses unique strengths and challenges that must be considered if policies are to effectively unleash the potential of local artists and... › Read more


News | Creative industries play a central role in Mali’s sustainable development

Culture can accelerate economic development and social cohesion of Mali – The message was clear on 17 June 2019 in Bamako at a launch of the project Reshaping Cultural Policies for the Promotion of Fundamental Freedoms... › Read more


News | Creating employment opportunities in music across Africa

The African Music Development Program (AMDP) developed by the International Music Council (ICM) aims to strengthen the music sector on the continent and contribute to youth employment.With the support of various... › Read more
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