UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on Diversity of Cultural Expressions to launch global report and offer support for creative industries

Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, which has deeply impacted the livelihoods of artists and culture professionals globally, the fifteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be held online from 8 to 11 February 2022 to address the challenges revealed by the pandemic and announce concrete action in support of the global creative economy and the status of artists worldwide.

During the committee, the 2022 Global Report Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity – Addressing culture as a global public good, will be launched. This report offers insightful new data shedding light on emerging global trends, as well as putting forward policy recommendations to foster creative ecosystems that contribute to a sustainable world by 2030 and beyond. Two panel discussions will be held on 8 February from 2p.m. to 4p.m.: ‘Monitoring policies for creativity: from national processes to global analysis’ and ‘Addressing culture as a global public good through a new generation of policies for creativity’. Details of the event are available here

UNESCO is also renewing its commitment to artists and culture professionals worldwide, announcing support to countries who will benefit from international assistance through the UNESCO-Aschberg programme to advance legal and policy reforms on the status of the artist and artistic freedom in countries of the Global South, with priority given to African countries and Small Island Developing States, as well as projects supporting youth and gender equality.

The strengthening of dynamic and inclusive cultural and creative industries in developing countries will also be discussed through the examination of new projects to be funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). Nine projects from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guinea, Indonesia, Nigeria, Palestine, Seychelles and Timor-Leste are recommended for funding by the IFCD’s Panel of Experts, from 615 project proposals submitted.

Full information about the Intergovernmental Committee session is available here.

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