Minutes of the EU/UNESCO high level seminar on the inclusion of culture in development programmes

 

2015 is the European Year for Development, which is aimed to inform the European citizens about the power that the European Union has as the world’s largest donor and how combining the forces of its Member States and institutions could increase this power.

2015 is also marking the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and the 10th Anniversary of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, for this special occasion The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Commission organized a seminar on the inclusion of culture in development programmes in the framework of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility Project.

Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO

This UNESCO’s project is funded by the European Union and contributes to the implementation of the 2005 Convention. It aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countries and reinforce the role of culture as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The project involves technical assistance missions undertaken by top specialists in the field of cultural policies chosen from a pre-selected pool of experts.

At the seminar held on the 5th of June at the BOZAR- Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, through exchanges and debates were drawn conclusions from the Expert Facility Project, in order to measure the outcome and the impact on the systems of governance for culture of the beneficiaries countries.

Irina Bokova, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner of International Development, Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General for Education and Culture

 

The discussion was based on the effective results of the technical assistance missions, like the adoption of the first strategy on creative industries in Viet Nam and the creation of an Agency specially dedicated to the artistic industries in Seychelles. Representatives from beneficiaries countries, Dr. Bui Hoai Son, Vice Director of the Viet Nam Institute of Culture and Arts, for Viet Nam and Ms Benjamine Rose, Principal Secretary for the Culture to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, for Seychelles, have shared with the audience the lessons learned and the challenged they encountered during the implementation of the project.

Dr.Bui Hoai Son stated, "Our leaders now realise that we have to develop the cultural industries because it’s good for the cultural sector, it’s good for the economy and it’s good for the whole society".

This debate highlighted the support given by the experts’ technical assistance, including the methodologies used to implement innovative ways of cooperation for development.

The event was brought to a conclusion by a high-level panel that was focused on the perspectives for culture in development policy in the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This panel included a speech given by Ms Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director- General; she has stated that culture, as the DNA of our society, is an essential element in order to reach social cohesion and social justice.

Paul Dujardin, Bozar Director

June 11, 2015
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