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2010 Culturelink Asia-Pacific Consultation Meeting

The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network (APRCCN), seated at the Korean Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), held a Consultation Meeting in Seoul, Korea, on 15 October 2010. The meeting aimed to develop a joint project and enhance partnerships with international organizations and networks to expand the APRCCN project.

APRCCN, established in 1997, with the support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Korea (MCST), is the only cultural information network in the Asia-Pacific region, running information databases, organizing policy meetings and joint research projects, in an environment in which cultural resource exchanges among countries were underrepresented.

Institutions that run international cultural networks actively participated in the meeting: the International Federation of the Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the ASEAN Secretariat and the Culture Unit of UNESCO Regional Office Bangkok. They thoroughly discussed methods to closer introduce the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe to Asia.

The participating institutions agreed on the need for and meaning of an Asia-Pacific Region's Cultural Policy Research Project, and decided to actively cooperate by providing network resources and information in order to push ahead with the project. As the institution that proposed this project, IFACCA will serve as its Secretariat, in charge of planning, coordinating and managing the project for one year. KNCU proposed to host the next meeting in March 2011, which will aim to devise a specific plan for the research project with support from the MCST.

Also, the report created by IFACCA upon KNCU's request, suggests to include five countries, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, to conduct the research starting in the coming year, contributing relevant information to the project.

As it collects information on the region's cultures and policies in a single place and allows comparisons among them, this research project will enhance interactive understanding of culture and policies in the Asian region. Also, through this understanding, it is expected to strengthen cultural exchange and cooperation among members, and thus, promote cultural development in the countries of the region.