Barcelona, 19 - 20 September
Following the invitation of the Catalan Government and the German Commission for UNESCO over 20 selected young experts from all over Europe met on the 19th and 20th September at the Office of the European Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona for the constitutive workshop of the U40-capacity building programme "Cultural Diversity 2030".
Based on the results of three working groups on relevant aspects of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Sustainable Development, Implementation of the Convention through and within the European Community, Public awareness raising: Communication strategies for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions), the participants of the workshop in Barcelona defined a concept for future activities of the U40-group and developed new strategies for information exchange.
The next big step in the U40-process is the U40-World Forum which is planned to take place in June/July 2009 on the occasion of the Second Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. During the U40-World Forum young experts from all over the world will be asked to develop their contributions to the first phase of implementing the Convention. Furthermore, the participants of the U40-programm shell have the possibility to participate in the Conference itself as members of their respective national delegations.
The constitutive workshop was organized in cooperation with the InterArts Foundation and with the support of the Office of the European Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona.