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Culture in development cooperation: cultural sectors in sustainable development policy

Author: Lidia Varbanova - Date: 21 mar 2011, 17:29

The present memorandum prepared by an unofficial working group of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland suggests elements to be used as content for the theme of culture and development.

The memorandum provides opinions and objectives on the role and potential of culture in development co-operation in general and more specifically from the perspective of capitalising on the strengths and resources of the Finnish cultural sector. These sectors include libraries, communications, creative industries, the system of intellectual property, research into the information society and intercultural interaction as part of public diplomacy.

The document also discusses the European Union’s development policy and investments from the perspective of culture and the foci of Finland’s contribution to international organisations, particularly UNESCO and WIPO. The increasing reach of globalisation and multiculturalism is creating unprecedented opportunities for strengthening intercultural exchange, as well as new challenges for preserving cultural diversity, especially between rich and poor countries. The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions plays a crucial role in this context.


Author(s): Ministry of Education and … Ministry of Foreign Affairs, …
Publisher: Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Publication year: 2011

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