13 days to go until MONDIACULT, the World Conference on Culture
Preparatory press briefing, 20 September
UNESCO will host an online press briefing on Tuesday 20 September starting at 4.30 pm (CET), in French (4.30 pm), English (5.15 pm), and Spanish (6 pm). Ernesto Ottone R, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, accompanied by UNESCO experts, will present the main objectives of the Conference and the thrust of the Declaration currently being negotiated by UNESCO’s 193 Member States with a view to its adoption at MONDIACULT.
The World rallies for culture
Forty years after MONDIACULT 1982, UNESCO is bringing together representatives of its 193 Member States to draw a global roadmap for cultural policies. The event will be opened on Wednesday 28 September at 10 am (local time) by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of the United Mexican States. Nearly 160 ministers of culture will take part in the debates.
Decisive Declaration expected
Important multilateral negotiations have been taking place over a year under the aegis of UNESCO with a view to the adoption by the ministers of a joint declaration that will address all aspects of cultural policies in the light of contemporary challenges.
The Declaration will not only define the values but also the common priorities of the international community for culture. It is expected to give official recognition to culture as a “global public good.” UNESCO Member States are also slated to commit to a common body of cultural rights and the text of the Declaration should lead to advances in key areas such as the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural goods and the regulation of digital platforms.
Issues such as the status of the artist, freedom of expression, sustainable cultural tourism and the restitution of cultural goods will also be at the heart of the debate.
The adoption of the Declaration will take place on Friday 30 September at around 12.45 (local time).
Measuring the role of culture in society
On the occasion of the Conference, UNESCO will also unveil the Culture|2030 benchmark of 22 indicators concerning four thematic areas, making it possible to measure the societal contribution of culture to environmental protection, education, gender equality, and economic growth.
MONDIACULT in numbers
- 3 days
- 1,500 participants
- 157 Ministers of Culture
- 83 NGOS
- 32 intergovernmental organizations
- 9 UN agencies