10th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the 2005 Convention

The Tenth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the 2005 Convention on protection and promotion of cultural diversity, was held at the UNESCO in December 12-15.

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The 2005 Convention has for main aim to strengthen the creation, the production, the distribution, and the access to culture, in particular in developing countries. The UNESCO wishes, through the Convention, to promote dialogue and cultural diversity as necessary means for peace and sustainable development.

The intergovernmental Committee meets every year in December and have, among others functions, to promote the objectives of the Convention and choose the projects /programs benefiting from the IFCD.

The IFCD supports the emergence of cultural industries in developing countries. This ambition must be reached by directly supporting projects and by facilitating the adoption of policies which promote and protect the cultural diversity.

The financing of the IFCD remains a major challenge regarding the numerous projects presented, only six were selected this year :

-  Voices of the ASU : emerging cultural expressions of the young people in Asunción (Paraguay)

-  Regional capacity building workshops for artists, cultural promoters and local administrators on the implementation of local cultural policies (Togo)

-  Cartography and capacity building for cultural industries in Bogotá (Colombia)

-  Cinema as a means of expression among youth and development of film industry (Madagascar)

-  Engagement of disadvantaged communities in the international music market (Namibia)

-  Promoting startups in cultural and creative industries (Palestine)

-  Voices of the ASU : emerging cultural expressions of the young people in Asunción (Paraguay)

-  Regional capacity building workshops for artists, cultural promoters and local administrators on the implementation of local cultural policies (Togo)

This year France pursues its commitment for the Fund : 120 000 euros of annual contribution with an additional 70 000 euros to celebrate the 10 years of the 2005 Convention.

This year, the Committee adopted operational directives for the Convention in the digital environment. Conceived to supervise better the questions of digital technologies’ governance they offer to all principles in political, commercial, and regulatory domains in the digital environment to favor cultural diversity. Those Directives highlight the necessity to fill the digital gap between developed countries and less developed countries regarding the flows of cultural goods and services, the digital literacy and the fair access to local cultural contents. Stakes such as on-line piracy, copyright, and fair remuneration for artists and cultural professionals are also integrated.

The next Committee will take place in December 12-15 2017.

The decisions of the Committee and the operational directives can be consulted here

publié le 27/12/2016

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