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June 29 2017

Arterial Network heads to Paris and Brussels | June 2017

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Daves Guzha (Continental Treasurer) represents Arterial Network in Paris and Brussels in key cultural gatherings

During the month of June 2017, Daves Guzha (member of Arterial Network Zimbabwe and Treasurer of Arterial Network) visited Brussels and Paris to take part in two key cultural gatherings, namely the European Development Days, or EDD (7 - 8 June 2017), and UNESCO’s Sixth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (12 - 15 June 2017).





The EDD event welcomed 8000 participants from the development community across the globe who participated in over 120 sessions held over just two days. Arterial Network was an official partner for the auditorium debate, ‘Investing in creativity, the future is now’ that explored trends relating to human development, inclusive growth and sustainable societies, as well as a brainstorming session titled ‘Co-innovation in arts and culture for development’ that looked at fair investment, multi-stakeholder partnerings, new policies and business models.

The highlights of the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties included thirteen approved resolutions, the approval of the operational guidelines on the implementation of the Convention in the digital environment, the presentation of the new Quadrennial Periodic Reports (2015 and 2016) and the 2015 Global Report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies: A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Development, as well as the election of 12 new members to the Intergovernmental Committee and the identification of the future activities of the Committee.



Whilst in Paris, Daves paid a courtesy visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, where he met with Lazare Eloundou Assomo (Deputy Director) and Tabue Nguma from the General History of Africa section. He also met with Rudo Chitiga, Zimbabwean Ambassador to France, Portugal and Spain, and a Permanent Representative to UNESCO, as well as Asaduzzaman Noor, the new President of the 2005 Convention on the Promotion of Cultural Diversity and Minister of the Cultural Affairs of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

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