The 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was held from 12 to 15 December 2017 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The session was marked by the launching of the 2018 Global Report on Re | Shaping Cultural Policies Advancing Creativity for development"
The report highlights the growth and the discrepancies in the trade of cultural goods and services while looking at unequal access to positions of responsibility for women in the culture sector, threats to artistic freedom as well as the challenges preventing communities from taking full advantage of the potential contribution of the sector to sustainable development".
Some of the major innovations during this eleventh session were the presentation of the activities report by Civil Society Organisations (playing an active role in the area of diversity). This report was conducted with the help of 70 organisations representing 2,627 Civil Society organisations taking part in the Convention, among which was Arterial Network, represented by its newly elected Chair, Daves Guzha. During the activities of the last day, Daves Guzha had the chance to take the floor, as part of a paper on the recommendations of Civil Society Organisations.
The Arterial Network Chair also used this opportunity to plan a fruitful meeting with Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of UNESCO's Creativity Division.
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