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Our Creative Diversity:

Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development
Summary Version, Paris, UNESCO Publishing, 1996

The summary version of what is unofficially known as the World Culture Report (Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development) has now been published by Unesco. The 66-page summary of the much longer report will make it more accessible to readers around the world. (For the presentation of the Report (302 pp.), see Culturelink no. 18/April 1996, pp. 35-37.)

The summary version of the report brings the highlights from the integral version, starting with the foreword by the President of the Commission Javier P‚rez de Cu‚llar, in which he not only explains the background to the work of the Commission and the complexity of the task which they undertook, but also offers some insights into the realm of culture and cooperation in human development within the international framework. Taking a post-modern social scientific approach, he stresses the need for honest introspection which can enhance compassion for the Other (cf. for instance S. Mestrovic: The Barbarian Temperament, Routledge, London, 1995, for an excellent exposition on compassion which is not conceived as pity but as empathy).

The summary version also includes a research agenda and an international agenda for action with the aim of providing a permanent arena in which issues of culture and development can be discussed and analyzed at the international level, and where an international consensus on central issues on culture and development can be achieved.

The report and the Summary Version are available (in English, while French, Spanish and other language translations are being prepared) from: UNESCO Culture and Development Co-ordination Office, 7 Place de Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07 SP, France, tel.: + 33 1 45 68 14 07; fax: + 33 1 42 73 30 07 e-mail: wccd@unesco.org

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International Congress on the Implementation of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of the Artist

Paris, June 1997

UNESCO is organising a world congress to focus on the condition of the artist in our rapidly changing social and technological environment. The World Congress will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 16-20 June 1997. The meeting will group some 200 artists and specialists from the world of arts and letters in the different geo-cultural regions.

Its objective will be to adopt guiding principles concerning the implementation of the Recommendation Relative to the Condition of the Artist in the following areas: training and professional status of artists, the social, cultural and educational role of artists, the artist in the socio-economic context of his/her time.

The following issues will be addressed in plenary sessions: art and new technologies, artistic education and the promotion of the arts, financing of the arts, and artists' cultural and artistic practices. Different commissions will deal with the artist's status in society, the artist and the economic context at the end of the century, training and professional life of the artist, and intellectual property.

For more information, please contact: Division of Creativity, Cultural Industries and Copyright, Ms Tereza Wagner, UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07 SP, France, tel.: 33-1/45 68 43 25; fax: 33-1/45 68 55 91.