The IFCCD is participating in the Civil Society Forum and the Eighth Session of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which is being held online from May 31 to June 4, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on cultural and creative industries. Around the world, containment measures have significantly impacted the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals while reducing cultural production and access to a diverse range of cultural expressions. In this context and that of the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, the Committee will address major issues of the Convention that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront: the status of artists and cultural professionals, the protection of the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital environment or the preferential treatment of cultural goods and services.
Beat Santschi (Swiss Coalition, IFCCD President), Bill Skolnik (Canadian Coalition), Mane Nett (Chilean Coalition, IFCCD Vice President for the Americas), Helena Vasques de Carvalho (Portuguese Coalition), Luanda Smith (Creatividad y Cultura Glocal, Mexico), Mahamadou Adamou (Nigerian Coalition), Laure Gicquel (French Coalition), Hiroko Tsuboi-Friedman (IFCCD Member-at-Large), Klara Kostal (Austrian Coalition), Momo Diakité (Malian Coalition), Nathalie Guay (IFCCD Secretary General).