- The Convention’s goal of supporting sustainable systems of governance for culture can only be achieved through strong civil society participation.
- However, many in civil society believe that policy making processes lack transparency and that laws and regulations do not sufficiently enable such participation.
- Despite these challenges, a strong core of civil society is committed to playing its role in improving cultural governance and developing cultural policy.
- Civil society actors have responded to the Convention by convening their peers, engaging in advocacy, generating and sharing knowledge, and creating new networks.
- To achieve more, this civil society core needs capacity development support and resources, focusing on policy participation, communication and networking.
Photo: Pipilotti Rist, Pixelwald (Pixelforest), Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine, 2015, Switzerland