The Ibero-American Conference is a mechanism for political consultation and cooperation that holds the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government and mainly deals with topics such as education, culture, innovation, employment and institutional strengthening.
Andorra was chosen as Secretary Pro Tempore in 2018 and will host the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in 2020. Its central theme will be innovation and creativity in Ibero-America and how to make them serviceable for the purpose of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), encompassing the social, cultural, educational, environmental and economic dimensions. Andorra understands innovation as any change (not necessarily technological) based on knowledge (not necessarily scientific) that generates value (not only economic). In this sense, the aim is to focus on the opportunities generated by innovation as a driving force for the transformation of society, as well as on the potential impact on sustainability of changes in behaviour and habits.
Within the framework of the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, under the Secretary Pro Tempore of Andorra, the XX Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Culture was held in Bogota, as part of Colombia's strategy of cooperation and international positioning, which includes promoting the contributions of culture and the creative economy to the achievement of the SDGs, as well as tackling the current challenges of the culture sector in Latin American.
The results of the XX Iberoamerican Conference on Culture are condensed in the Final Declaration signed by each of the participating countries. Of the 30 agreements agreed in the Final Declaration of the XX Conference, the following stand out:
*Continue to join forces and implement actions from the cultural sector to fulfil the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, providing innovative and participatory cultural measures and policies.
* Promote innovation in the competitiveness and development of culture in the digital context, as a fundamental factor for the access, creation, production and circulation of cultural content.
* Entrusting SEGIB, in coordination with the OEI, to design the Regional Strategy for Culture and Development in order to promote the social, economic and environmental transformation of Ibero-America, with special attention to cultural diversity, cultural and creative industries, cultural heritage and gender equality. Said Strategy will include, among others, the Strategic Plan to Strengthen Ibero-American Cultural and Creative Industries in order to facilitate innovation, accessibility, co-production and circulation of cultural expressions.
* Promote, within the competences of each member state, intersectoral dialogues and regional cooperation actions in the field of copyright and, especially, in the fight against intellectual property infringements, to favour the professionalization of the sector, guarantee the recognition and protection of the rights of creators and contribute to progress in the sustainable digital field of Cultural and Creative Industries. To do this, create a free membership working group.
* Request SEGIB and OEI to promote the generation of innovative schemes for intersectoral collaboration and alliances between international, national, local and non-governmental institutions, to improve the impact of culture as a transformer of local realities within the framework of the Agenda 2030.
* Instruct SEGIB, with the support of OEI, to explore, based on the Strategic Plan for Cultural and Creative Industries, the possibility of creating an Ibero-American Charter of Cultural and Creative Industries.
* Aid SEGIB in the provision of data and background information for the preparation of the report The Ibero-American Cultural Space, United in Diversity and, also, assist OEI on the study about the status of artists' social security in Ibero-America and on the update of the study Culture and Economic Development with technical support from ECLAC.
* Approve the transformation of the Retina Latina digital platform - to which Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay already belong - into an Ibero-American platform that doubles as a virtual cinematheque for Ibero-American films and a space for information, knowledge, research, circulation and appropriation of audiovisual heritage, which leads to the expansion of the film market.
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Ibero-American General Secretariat
Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
- Ibero-American States: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.