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Mapping Cultural Diversity – Good Practices from Around the Globe

The German Commission for UNESCO and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) are presenting their publication on good practices related to the diversity of cultural expressions as a contribution to the debate on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention "Diversity of Cultural Expressions". The publication is a project of the U40-programme "Cultural Diversity 2030". On November 29th, Mapping Cultural Diversity – Good Practices from Around the Globe will be presented for the first time at the 4th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions in Paris.

Five years after the successful adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005 the brochure on good practices wants to contribute to the information sharing foreseen by the Convention, to help assess the global situation of diversity of cultural expressions.

"The heart of the matter is the public responsibility for creating favourable conditions for the development of cultural diversity", says Walter Hirche, president of the German Commission for UNESCO. "This can only be achieved through joint efforts of government, civil society and the private sector. The UNESCO Convention establishes that cultural policy and public support for arts and culture shall remain possible, even in the context of opening markets and progressive deregulation under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Union (EU)."

In this way the projects included in the publication encompass various fields addressed in the Convention (such as the arts, media, creative industries, international cooperation, policy development, research and education) and at various levels, ranging from the local to the international. The idea of mapping good practices on cultural diversity is based on the observation that carefully documented case studies can not only provide inspiration for networking and collaboration but also aid planning and policy making. The aim of the publication is now to give vivid and concrete examples on how the UNESCO Convention could be of benefit and what good implementation could look like.

Besides an overview of ways, measures and possibilities for implementing Articles 9 and 19 of the UNESCO Convention, the main section of the publication includes a total of 39 good practices in six chapters, corresponding to the six main areas addressed in the Convention: policy measures, programmes and structures; protection and promoting cultural expressions; international cooperation; capacity building; culture and development, and information sharing, exchange and analysis. Within this structure, a second matrix provides orientation on who initiated the project: namely, governmental institutions, civil society, partnerships of both or with the private sector. This structure will allow each reader to easily find practices relevant to their specific interests and needs.

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