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First Meeting of the Expert Facility for the Implementation of the 2005 Convention

As part of UNESCO's activities on implementing the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO organized the first meeting of the Expert Facility for the Implementation of the 2005 Convention, which was held in Casablanca, Morocco, on 18 - 19 May 2015.

This Facility was first launched in 2011 within the Framework of the project on Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries, supported by the European Union. As of 2015, the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency launched a new three-year programme (2015-2017) with the focus on enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. The project will include two strands. The Expert Facility will be involved in capacity building and development of policies and projects in 12 selected countries (Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe). The other strand of this project refers to the production of two biennial Global Monitoring Reports (2015 and 2017) that will provide information and reflection on the implementation of the Convention and the results achieved in UNESCO member states.

The purpose of the meeting was to share a common knowledge and understanding of the overall capacity-building strategy, projects, tools and methodology regarding the 2005 Convention, and to discuss, more specifically, the implementation of the project entitled Enhancing Fundamental Freedoms Though the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Expert Facility comprises 43 international high level experts from various geographical backgrounds and areas of expertise, including Nina Obuljen Korzinek, research associate at IRMO and member of the Culturelink Team.

More information about the Casablanca meeting and the project can be found at en.unesco.org/creativity/node/8681