Reshaping Cultural Policies

Advancing Creativity for Development

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The Global Report series has been designed to monitor the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). It also provides evidence of how this implementation process contributes to attaining the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and targets. The 2018 Global Report analyses progress achieved in implementing the 2005 Convention since the first Global Report was published in 2015. Grounded in the analysis of the Quadrennial Periodic Reports submitted by Parties to the Convention and relevant new findings, this report examines how the 2005 Convention has inspired policy change at the global and country level in ten areas of monitoring. It puts forward a set of policy recommendations for the future, addressing the adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms. When deployed together, the two editions of the Global Report are beginning to produce new and valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development.

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Towards more collaborative cultural governance

In June 2017, a new General Act on Culture and Cultural Rights (Ley General de Cultura y Derechos Culturales) came into force in Mexico. The Act was the outcome of a long process, which had seen the establishment of a new Secretariat for Culture in 2015 as well as a series of working groups and public debates involving public authorities and civil society. The Act recognizes that international standards inform national cultural policy making, it acknowledges the need for plural governance of culture (involving several levels of government and civil society) and stresses the link between culture, human rights and sustainable development (Villaseñor, 2017). The Act is emblematic of the way in which cultural policy is increasingly influenced by instruments such as the 2005 Convention.

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