Culture in Development Cooperation

Group info
More info

Past events

9 June 2016 to 10 June 2016
in 1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Organised byUNESCO

The intensity and the number of attacks against cultural heritage has
increased significantly in recent years. Persecution of individuals for
cultural or religious reasons, combined with the systematic destruction of
their cultural heritage, marked the emergence of a form of cultural cleansing
that is unprecedented in recent history. The targeting of cultural diversity
has become a key aspect of the humanitarian and security challenges in the
regions concerned. The protection of cultural diversity can contribute to
restoring social cohesion and to opening prospects to resolve crises,
particularly in protracted conflict situations. Respect for cultural
diversity is also essential for reconciliation, national dialogue and
reconstruction. The rehabilitation of heritage, the practicing of traditions,
but also the strengthening of cohesion through an inclusive social fabric
that is respectful of cultural diversity, can contribute to the restoration
of security and peace.

To discuss how this vision can strengthen conflict prevention and crisis
management policies, *UNESCO *is organizing *a High-level meeting and
technical conference*, in partnership with *the European Union*, and with the
support from *the Government of Flanders*.

*Programme Summary*

Cultural Diplomacy, Protecting Cultural Rights in Protracted Crisis, Culture
and Arts for Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Stabilization, Culture for
Recovery, Rehabilitation and Resilience, Working with Law Enforcement to
Protect Cultural Property

Website of the event:

From15 December 2015
in Bruxelles (Belgium)
Organised byExternal Cooperation

A short history of this 3,000-year old idea precedes an assessment of its
current condition in multicultural societies. A discussion on how to bring
intercultural communication into development will follow.

From25 October 2015
in 7000 - Mons (Belgium)
Organised byMons 2015, European Capital of Culture on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

The 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions will be celebrated on Sunday, 25 October 2015 in Mons.

From4 July 2015
in Bruxelles (Belgium)
Organised byBritish Council

During the European Development Days 2015, the British Council organised a
lab session related to the main challenges for culture in development and the
windows of opportunity for culture in the implementation of the post-2015
Sustainable Development Goals.

The debate aimed to connect speakers’ and audience experiences to concrete
policy changes. It was a lively, engaging discussion touching on culture’s
power to create change; its economic development potential; and its role in
supporting societies in conflict areas. The debate also benefited from the
participation of an all-women theatre group from the Solomon Islands
(beneficiaries of the /Stages of Change [1]/ project). The group
contributed invaluable insights from their personal experiences in this area,
demonstrating the positive outcomes of using culture as a means to address
gender-based violence.


From3 June 2015
in Bruxelles (Belgium)
Organised byAfrican Diaspora Network-Europe

This session, organised by African Diaspora Network, aims to have an
interactive debate between EU policymakers and African diaspora members on
how to value the asset of cultural diversity to development in the post-2015
development framework. The debate will highlight and emphasise culture’s
added value to the pillars of sustainability. The session will be opened by
Louis Michel, Co-President of ACP of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, who
will introduce discussion groups. The discussions will bring together
participants from international organizations, European Union institutions,
governments, development agencies, civil society organisations, academics,
the private sector, media and independent experts.