Information Session: “Unlocking Opportunities: Governance of Culture for Development – the UNESCO/EU partnership on the implementation of the 2005 Convention”

UNESCO Headquarters, Room II / 3 - 5 p.m. CET

The session presented the preliminary results of the Project entitled “Expert Facility to Strengthen the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries” funded by the European Union and implemented by UNESCO.

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Since November 2011, recognised experts from a tailor-made Expert Facility in cultural governance and cultural industries have carried out technical assistance missions in 13 developing countries. Their high-level expertise assisted these countries in ongoing efforts to strengthen human and institutional capacities to develop policies that support the emergence of dynamic cultural industries.

The 13 beneficiary countries are: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles and Viet Nam.

Experts having undertaken technical assistance missions first shared their experiences, then exchanged on the missions and their results, and finally answered questions from the audience. The session notably focused on:

  • the project's impact on local and national policy frameworks for cultural policies and industries
  • concrete examples of the implementation of the 2005 Convention
  • challenges ahead to foster dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries

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This first time UNESCO-EU partnership to reinforce the governance of culture in developing countries implements the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at national and local levels. This technical assistance programme demonstrates the importance given by both the European Union and UNESCO to implement concrete activities that promote culture as a key factor of sustainable development.