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2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: a tool for the Latin American cultural sector

The International Federation of Coalitions for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is organizing a training program* in Latin America on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

*The training will be held in Spanish.

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), the German Commission for UNESCO, Creatividad y Cultura Glocal, the U40 Network and the Chilean and Paraguayan Coalitions for Cultural Diversity

INVITE

Artists, creators, independent producers, distributors, broadcasters and publishers in the book, film, television, music, performing and visual arts sectors, cultural professionals from the public and private sectors and civil society organizations in Latin America to participate in the Spanish language training program

“2005 UNESCO Convention for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: a tool for the Latin American cultural sector”

from 6 to 28 November 2020.

The program aims to mobilize cultural networks in Latin America and to reach people who are already doing the work of the 2005 UNESCO Convention in their local area but may not be aware of it. The aim is to give them opportunities to expand their networks at the national and regional levels, to provide a better understanding of the tools they have at their disposal to defend and promote Latin American cultural expressions and their diversity, to increase the visibility and reach of the IFCCD in Latin America, and to bring the Convention closer to professionals in the public, private or civil society sectors who are already working in or want to work in the cultural sector.

REGISTRATION AND SELECTION :

– The program is free and the number of places is limited.
– You can register online: https://bit.ly/3cPYT0W
– The deadline for receipt of applications is October 23, 2020.
– Selected participants will be notified by e-mail on October 30.

PROGRAM FORMAT :

This online training consists of eight sessions in November. The duration of each session is 2 hours, for a total of 16 hours for the program. 

PROGRAM AND TERMS

EVENT PAGE IN SPANISH

The Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Latin America: Current and Future Challenges

The IFCCD is organizing a regional virtual conference* on October 20 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (UTC-3) on current and future challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions in Latin America. 

This conference is organized within the framework of ResiliArt, a global movement initiated by UNESCO, which aims to strengthen the resilience of artists and cultural professionals in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the current health crisis.

*The conference will be held in Spanish.

The IFCCD wishes to take advantage of the 15th anniversary of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the Day of Cultural Diversity in Chile to raise awareness, inform and mobilize Latin American civil society around the Convention.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on Latin American cultural environment. The containment measures related to the pandemic have severely limited capacities for the creation, production and distribution of cultural expressions in the region. Today, some Latin American countries continue to face a very unstable health situation, while others are beginning a recovery process that promises to be long and difficult for the creative community. The crisis has exacerbated inequalities in access to cultural goods and services. It has considerably weakened the professional, social and economic situation of many artists and cultural professionals and has seriously affected the already fragile cultural ecosystems of the countries in the region. The crisis has also led to abuses and violations of cultural rights. It has finally created a very paradoxical situation: while creators and professionals in the sector have found themselves in a dramatic economic situation, the giants of the Web have made huge profits from the dissemination of cultural content online.

The objective of the conference is to present the 2005 Convention, its clauses, principles, its relevance in the current context of crisis and the means to use it to meet the challenges faced by cultural organizations in the region. The conference is aimed at artists, creators, cultural professionals and civil society organizations and should enable them to learn more about the tools available to them to defend and promote Latin American cultural expressions. It also aims to stimulate mobilization at the local and regional level, within the framework of existing networks such as the IFCCD, through the formation of national coalitions.

CONSULT THE PROGRAM (in Spanish)

6th IFCCD Congress: A look back at the regional conference

The 6th IFCCD Congress was held in Lomé, Togo, from 9 to 11 October 2019. It was divided into a pan-African conference and a general assembly of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), and brought together 85 participants from 28 countries, including 16 African countries, for three days.

The congress was launched on October 9 by Kodjo Cyriaque Noussouglo, President of the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Vice-President of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), who opened the regional conference “Pan-African Perspectives for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”. Eric Adja, Director of the West Africa Regional Office (WARO) of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), and Donikpo Kone, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Culture Directorate of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission, then made a speech before giving the floor to Philippe Alarie, attaché for educational and cultural affairs at the Délégation générale du Québec in Dakar, who closed the opening ceremony with a welcoming address to participants.

The first panels of the conference were moderated by Kangni Alemdjrodo, writer, university professor and representative of the Togolese Head of State on the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (CPF), who addressed representatives of the various institutions on their programmes to promote the diversity of cultural expressions. The second day of the conference was opened by Togo’s Minister of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, Mr Kossivi Egbetonyo, who reaffirmed the Togolese government’s support for the organisation of the Congress.

The speakers presented their actions and discussed pan-African and international issues in seven panels, each of which was the subject of an online summary:

 

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the National Commission of the Francophonie in Togo.

 

 

Congress Participation Grants: Call for applications

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) offers a limited number of grants to attend the IFCCD Congress.

Two categories of grants are available:

  • One grant to attend the regional conference (October 9 and 10);
  • One grant to attend the IFCCD Regional Conference and General Assembly (October 9, 10 and 11) reserved for IFCCD members in good standing.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (FOR GRANTS ONLY)

  • Be a member of a national coalition for cultural diversity (all regions of the world);
  • Be a representative of an organization that has joined the Federation as an associate member (new memberships in preparation for the convention will be considered) (all regions of the world)
  • Be an observer representing an organization of cultural professionals in Africa;
  • Understand English or French, the two languages of the congress, or have the possibility of being accompanied by an interpreter. The secretariat will try, as far as possible, to help participants to contact local interpreters, but will not be able to cover the costs.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A two-page cover letter with the following information:
    • Your most relevant professional experiences;
    • Your action within the national coalition for cultural diversity and/or the cultural community;
    • What motivates your participation in the IFCCD congress (relevance to your activity, perspectives for action at the end of the congress);
    • A short file presenting the organization represented and summarizing its activities. The objective of demonstrating that the organization is taking action, even if modest, in the cultural sector (short description of the organization’s activities, recent activity report, publications, links to the website, Facebook page or other social networks, programs or publications related to an organized event, etc.). For observers, any other document attesting to your involvement in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions;
    • Letter of support from the national coalition for cultural diversity or the professional association represented.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Possession or possibility of obtaining a valid visa for Togo: note that all expenses advanced for obtaining a visa must be approved in advance by the secretariat, otherwise they cannot be reimbursed. In all cases, a supporting document must be presented to obtain reimbursement of all expenses advanced;
  • If an invitation letter is required, mention it.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Diversity of geographical origin;
  • Gender diversity;
  • Experience and anchoring of the candidate;
  • Mission and realization of the represented organization;
  • Intergenerational diversity.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED

  • Cost of international transport
  • Accommodation
  • Per Diem for the duration of the stay
  • Cost of the visa

* According to the dates planned in each scholarship category.

** Extension of travel dates will be possible, but the cost of accommodation beyond the activity will be at the participant’s expense.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at midnight, Montreal time

Applications should be sent in English, French or Spanish, the three languages spoken by the IFCCD secretariat, by e-mail to coalition@cdc-ccd.org

Subject of the email: IFCCD Montreal Convention Application + name of your organization.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Céline de Dianous: cdedianous@cdc-ccd.org

With the support of the  International Organisation of La Francophonie and the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA).

Presentation of the 6th IFCCD Congress

The 6th IFCCD Congress in Lomé, Togo, will consist of a pan-African conference and a general assembly of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity.

This congress will allow:

  • To provide African cultural associations with a forum for analysis, foresight, dialogue and proposals for the development and implementation of cultural policies;
  • To raise awareness of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the role of the main active international organizations, such as the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), current challenges for the implementation of the Convention, as well as some innovations from civil society;
  • To increase the participation of African civil society in the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions;
  • To promote the participation of African civil society in the IFCCD and thus contribute to a better recognition of the plural reality of the diversity of cultural expressions at the global level, as well as to a better representation of the IFCCD;
  • To renew the IFCCD Board of Directors and establish the main orientations of the organization for the period 2019-2023.

Regional Conference: Pan-African Perspectives for Policies that Protect and Promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The consultation with African IFCCD members identified the main objective of this conference, which will be to support the role of civil society organizations on the African continent in the implementation of the 2005 Convention, one of the main conditions of which is the adoption of cultural policies.

The conference will focus on the implementation of the Convention in the African region, advances in cultural policies, either at the national or regional level, emerging issues of the diversity of cultural expressions, innovations implemented to address current and future challenges, and the role of civil society.

This one-and-a-half day conference will be followed by the IFCCD General Assembly, which will provide the opportunity for a roundtable discussion with African and non-African representatives to highlight best practices in terms of public policy development. About fifty participants and guests are expected for this conference.

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IFCCD General Assembly

This activity will be open to regular or associate members of the IFCCD. As several policy discussions took place at the Montreal conference, the aim will be to confirm these orientations, address short-term actions, administrative issues and renew the IFCCD Board. The meeting will take place over two half-days and is expected to be attended by approximately 30 people.

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications of the Government of Quebec, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Délégation générale du Québec à Dakar, the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity.

Become a member of the IFCCD and attend its next Congress

If you are a member of a cultural organization, you can join the IFCCD as an associate
member. You can also join with other organizations to form a national coalition. Each person
can also provide individual support to the cause we are defending.

The next IFCCD Congress will be held from 9 to 11 October 2019 in Lomé, Togo. The congress
will be the occasion for a regional meeting to support dialogue between cultural actors at the
African level and to implement actions that respond to the continent’s challenges. We invite
all cultural actors to participate.

Send us an email if you would like to become a member and attend the Congress:
coalition@cdc-ccd.org

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5th Congress of the IFCCD

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) met in Montreal for its fifth international congress on October 26 and 27, 2018.

Founded on 19 September 2007 in Seville, Spain, the IFCCD is the voice of cultural professionals around the world. Its member coalitions represent creators, artists, independent producers, distributors, broadcasters and publishers in the book, film, television, music, performing arts and visual arts sectors.

Since its foundation in Seville, the Federation has held its international congress in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) in 2009, Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2012, Mons (Belgium) in 2015. This year, Canada hosted the event, which brought together eighteen delegates on site and four remotely. Nineteen countries were represented: Cameroon, Gabon, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, Chad, Togo (Africa), Argentina, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay (Americas), Australia (Asia-Pacific), Belgium, France, Slovakia, Switzerland (Europe), Uganda and United Kingdom.

What to remember from the Montreal Congress

The IFCCD had experienced a slowdown in its activity since the Mons Congress in 2015, its secretariat having been vacant for almost two years. Organized to relaunch the IFCCD’s work, the Montreal Congress provided many avenues for reflection and work for the coming years.

During the first day, IFCCD members discussed the composition of the organization, its means of action, the possibilities of supporting national coalitions and their necessary re-mobilization at the regional level around targeted actions. They also expressed their wish to rebuild the relationship with the UNESCO Secretariat and to get involved in the activities surrounding the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

During a round table discussion, everyone presented the challenges of cultural diversity in their country, developments since the ratification of the UNESCO Convention, progress, obstacles and the current situation of each coalition.

South America, which was particularly mobilized at the time of the adoption of the Convention, has experienced political changes that have marked the cultural sector and weakened the coalitions that have been in place in recent years. The lack of resources complicates coordination between civil society organizations in the field of culture. Nevertheless, IFCCD members are taking every opportunity to participate in legislative reviews or to establish, as in Chile, a national day for cultural diversity.

In Africa, the situation is also very much linked to the political context of each country. For many, the challenge is to depoliticize culture. There is a lack of resources in the region but also a problem with the management of funds, which are not always allocated properly. The discussions also revealed that the Convention is largely unknown in most countries and that governments must be made aware of the importance of cultural exemption clauses in trade treaties.

The situation in Asia-Pacific, which was poorly represented at this congress, made it possible to present the problems related to authoritarian regimes and the issues of freedom of expression that affect many artists. The territorial and linguistic challenge makes joint action difficult, but several organizations maintain a certain dynamism and activity in their countries.

In Europe, the focus is on strengthening national coalitions for better networking. As in Canada, the development of digital technology and its impact on culture are at the heart of general concerns. Coalitions are also mobilizing to recognize the specificity of cultural goods and services in trade agreements.

A dialogue with representatives of the governments of Quebec and Canada

The congress continued in the presence of representatives of the Canadian and Quebec governments, who came to meet the members of the IFCCD.

The Government of Quebec has identified three main priorities regarding the diversity of cultural expressions: the implementation of the UNESCO Convention in the digital context, the challenges of international trade, and international cooperation, in particular through UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

The presence of Canadian government officials opened a discussion on maintaining the cultural exemption in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement. The France-Canada declaration on cultural diversity and the digital space was also mentioned.

The exchange highlighted that government support for the CDCE and the work of the IFCCD is valuable and extremely beneficial for all organizations around the world, and should be an example to be followed in other countries.

Finally, this exchange was also an opportunity to discuss the mobility of artists and the means to be implemented to improve their circulation.

Working with the research community

Researchers were invited to join delegates to provide input on the second day of the conference. Véronique Guèvremont, of the UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, presented the Study on International Cooperation with French-speaking African Countries for the Implementation of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the Digital Environment, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec and conducted in five African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.

Destiny Tchéhouali, a researcher at the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM – Université du Québec à Montréal) then discussed his work with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, in relation to international Internet governance and the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital age.

The discussion continued on the importance of collaboration with researchers, in particular on information sharing (statistical data, national reports) and the bridges to be built between the IFCCD and the various UNESCO Chairs, the academic community and networks such as the International Network of Jurists for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The IFCCD members then summarized their priorities and defined several working areas and projects for the year 2018-2019.

The Congress ended with the election of the Board of Directors, which maintained the current bodies to better prepare for the future. The next IFCCD Congress will be held in an African country in the fall of 2019.