Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation in South East Europe
The 2013 conference on Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation in South East Europe, organized jointly by Culturelink/IRMO and the Center for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, in cooperation with the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice), was held in Zagreb, on 3 - 4 June 2013.
The Conference offered diverse views on cultural policy goals, priorities and main challenges in the region of South East Europe and beyond. Through exchanges and discussions the participants gained an overview of the development and intensity of, as well as the main obstacles to the cultural cooperation in South East Europe. Presentations of specific projects financed by UNESCO and other case-studies enabled the participants to share their views on the impact of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on the development of specific cultural policies in the region. Participants expressed their interest for strengthening cooperation through formal and informal networking and establishing collaborative platforms, including the possibility of setting up national Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. Through follow-up research and participation in networking activities, Culturelink will invite participants to continue the reflection on and exchange of cultural policies in South East Europe within the framework of the broader UNESCO consultation processes and initiatives.
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