Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism H. E. Mr Park Yang-woo of the Republic of Korea chairs the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee

The 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was opened on 1 February 2021. This year, the Committee is held online from February 1 – 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the first day of the session, representatives of Parties to the Convention and of civil society organisations congratulated the Chairperson on his election, which had been announced during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee, held in February 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. A government delegation that participated in the 13th Intergovernmental Committee said, "The decision is thanks to international recognition of Korea for its steadfast efforts to protect and boost cultural diversity".

During the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee, the Republic of Korea will host several side events, including the online screening of a conversation between two filmmakers, Korean Ms Bora Kim and Japanese Ms Naomi Kawase, and an interview with Mr Bong Joon-ho, producer of the Oscar winning Korean film “Parasite”.

The Republic of Korea ratified the Convention in 2010. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea has recognized the potential of culture, which has been integrated in its overall official development assistance budget. In 2007, the Republic of Korea launched the Korea-UNESCO Fund-in-Trust (KFIT), a long-standing partnership with UNESCO, through which it provides extra-budgetary funding to the Secretariat of the 2005 Convention to support the development of cultural and creative industries in developing countries.

In addition to his career in the Korean public service, H. E. Mr Park Yang-woo has served as a professor of art management and executive vice president of Chung-Ang University. He assumed the post of Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2019.