High-level Seminar: Results of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility Project

Inclusion of culture in development programmes

Opportunities and challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO and the European Commission organized on 5 June 2015, at the Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR, Brussels a seminar in two phases.
First, experts from the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility and representatives from beneficiary countries who received technical assistance to implement the 2005 Convention shared their mission experiences, in order to measure the results and impacts of the project on the systems of governance of culture and on the strengthening of human and institutional capacities in the field of public policies for the cultural and creative industries.
The seminar was then followed by a high-level panel on Culture and Development, with the participation of Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Mr Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
The tangible outcomes of the project were presented, demonstrating how, in addition to strengthening capacities of public authorities and cultural professionals, the project resulted in new strategic policy frameworks. Some examples include a National Cultural Policy in Cambodia, a White paper on Arts and Culture in Mauritius, a National Strategy for the Creative Industries in Viet Nam, to name a few. More info on http://en.unesco.org/creativity/capacity-building/technical-assistance/missions.
Many of the policies and strategies were accompanied by the creation of new agencies and investment programmes such as the Seychelles Agency for the Creative Industries as well as professional organizations such as the Malawi Coalition for the Cultural Industries (including the adoption of a 6-point action plan to enhance the position of female cultural entrepreneurs).

It also highlighted some of the challenges of delivering technical assistance, including the high turnover of government officials responsible for culture, the lack of professional organizations in some sectors making up the cultural industries, a lack of experience and mistrust between government and civil society actors.


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