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9 January 2014 to 11 January 2014
in Casablanca (Morocco)
Organised byDEVCO Unit B4 culture sector and supported by the Africa-EU Partnership

Article on the Casablanca Workshop via the following links :
[1] for the English version and
[2]  for the French version.

The African and EU Heads of States decided, in 2007, to change the nature of
the inter-continental partnership between Africa and the EU. The principles
guiding the relationship are dialogue, common objectives, mutual
responsibilities and shared benefits.

Subsequently, the 3rd Africa-EU Summit decided, in December 2010, to
‘/confirm the joint determination to strengthen cooperation in the area of
cultural goods and other areas of cultural cooperation’/. To operationalise
the political commitment, priority was given to:

1. To raise awareness among decision makers on the importance of the
protection of cultural goods (PoCG) against plunder, theft and illicit
trafficking for stability, security and sustainable development (increased
understanding of situations, trends and dynamics, improved inventories and
digitalization of such inventories, improved customs, police and heritage
management resources, monitoring capacity and improved design of policies and

2. To provide recommendations and priority actions to enhance the PoCG in
Africa, taking into due consideration current gaps at pan African and
regional levels.

3. To identify interested parties and outline operational modalities in the
areas of digital cultural archiving for sustainable development and cultural
data and cultural goods monitoring in Africa.

To realise these objectives, the 3-day Workshop will bring together a wide
range of thematic experts in the field of the protection of cultural goods

(incl. heritage management and law enforcement) as well as representatives
from key institutions active in this area. Stakeholders from the five African
regions, the African Union Commission and the EU Member States, the UNESCO,
Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA), the European
Commission, INTERPOL, ICOM International, WCO and others as appropriate will


From26 November 2013
in Brussels (Belgium)
Organised byEuropean Commission in cooperation with BOZAR and UN-Habitat

*A 2013 European Development Days Discussion Panel*

Link to event on European Development Days 2013 website: [1]

The World Bank has described urbanization as ‘the defining phenomenon of
the 21st century’. 90% of urban growth is happening in the developing world
and over 50% of urban dwellers are youth. Two billion new urban inhabitants
are expected in the next 20 years.

In the face of such an evolution and the potential risk of alienation of a
growing number of urban populations, new models for viable, diverse,
peaceful, creative and vibrant cities are needed in the developing world.



15 April 2013 to 19 April 2013
in Nairobi (Kenya)
Organised byUN Habitat and Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) Unit B4

The objective of Art & Architecture at Work at the 24th UN Habitat Governing
Council Meeting [1] is to promote the role of art and architecture at the
service of inclusive and sustainable urban development in African cities.

Bottom-up initiatives, participatory approaches, and community involvement
are increasingly valued in urban planning. Artists and architects together
bring significant input to the process. Through the investment of public
spaces, public art, and public architecture, they can engage civil society
towards cultural ownership of the city and steer urban growth towards
sustainable and inclusive patterns, alongside state-driven initiatives. 

Art & Architecture at Work presents recent best practices in Africa, as
models to be encouraged as part of the urban planning processes.


From18 September 2012
in Kampala (Uganda)
Organised byDEVCO Unit D4 in cooperation with Uganda European Union Delegation.

The overall objective of the conference is twofold: 

-* a Declaration of Kampala*, setting a framework for the role of art and
architecture in the development of East Africa’s capitals including
*Recommendations *for Kampala and the other capitals of the region.

- a proposal for a permanent *mechanism towards inclusive and sustainable
urban development among capital cities* in the East African region.

*Each speaker will be asked to close his/her presentation with a statement
towards these objectives.*

The morning session will address /the role and responsibilities of
authorities, urban planners, architects, and arts managers in the development
of a strategic vision for their city and in the planning process; and action
and tools at their disposal to guarantee a sustainable and inclusive
development of African cities./

The afternoon session will address initiatives needed so that authorities,
urban planners, architects and arts managers can have a decisive role in the
sustainable and inclusive development of their city. 

2 April 2009 to 3 April 2009
in Brussels (Belgium)
Organised byEuropean Commission - DG DEVCO

The Colloquium was attended by over 800 people from 65 ACP and EU countries,
including high-level policy makers, artists and professionals, senior
officials, MEPs and representatives of European civil society and the media.
The initial reactions of participants indicated that, at the professional
level, many of the participants have initiated contacts and even joint
projects and, at the political level, the potential of culture for
development has been seized and several decision makers in ACP countries have
already declared their intention to intensify their work on cultural