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Re|Shaping Cultural Policies: Advancing Creativity for Development

UNESCO, 2005 Convention Global Report, 2017, 252 pages, ISBN: 978-92-3-100256-4

The new UNESCO Global Report enitled Re|Shaping Cultural Policies is an invaluable tool for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, now ratified by 146 Parties. The 2018 Global Report analyses further progress achieved in implementing the aforementioned UNESCO Convention since the first such report published in 2015. It has significantly improved the evaluation and monitoring of cultural policies around the world. What is more, the Report demonstrates that innovative cultural policies implemented at regional and local levels have a positive impact on the whole of cultural governance. The UNESCO Global Report is the work of ten independent experts, who have worked together with the Secretary of the Convention as well as the Principal Editor.

The main lines of the methodological framework to monitor the impact of the implementation, which was put in place in 2015, still consists of the following Four Goals:

  • Support sustainable systems of governance for culture;
  • Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals;
  • Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  • Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

By analyzing progress, new approaches to strategic issues have emerged, such as artistic freedom, the mobility of artists, gender, public service media and digital creativity. Moreover, the Report examines how the 2005 Convention has stimulated policy change at the global and country level in ten areas of monitoring. In addition, it presents a set of policy recommendations for the future, focusing on the adaptation of cultural policies to the rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and freedoms of expression. By introducing yet unpublished statistics and data, this Report is essential for developing and implementing public policies that are adapted to the evolving needs of the culture sector.

For the full Global Report 2018, please visit: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/global-report-2018