Presentation - Tools for Cultural Pluralism
In the face of enduring forms of social exclusion, xenophobia and appalling acts of intolerance within our societies, the UNESCO 2005 Convention, by which States committed themselves to develop public policies for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions, is more relevant than ever. It underlines the role of culture for the benefit of sharing, respect and recognition of the other, regardless of social and cultural differences.
For the 10th Anniversary of the UNESCO 2005 Convention, now ratified by 138 States and the European Union, and for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022, UN) the French National Commission to UNESCO will coorganise with the Secretariat of UNESCO two conferences at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Tools for Cultural Pluralism, on October 2, 2015, during the Week of Foreign Cultures in Paris organised by the Forum of foreign cultural institutes in Paris (FICEP) and with the support of the French Ministry of Culture and its mission “Vivre ensemble” (cultural institutions and associations) and with the support of the Fondation Total and the General delegation for french language and the language of France, will present some examples of good practices, at a wider European level, for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions used as a means for mutual understanding. Intercultural dialogue is regularly quoted as a topic of recurring international commitments ; it is also a practical reality for a plurality of actors and professions (cultural actors, associations, educators, institutions) working on projects of cultural transfer.
Tools for Cultural Pluralism wishes to examine the contextual changes of the last ten years ; it will strengthen the international visibility for initiatives promoting the diversity of cultural expressions in the fields of heritage, museums and performing arts - diversification in cultural offer (support to projects, programming), diversification of audiences, intercultural education, cultural mediation, international cultural cooperation.
This meeting is meant for professionals (cultural actors, social workers, educators), representatives of the Permanent Delegations at UNESCO, and also for all those who want to discuss how cultural policies contribute to the consolidation of citizenship and the prevention of social fragmentation.
Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is available here.
Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is available here.
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