Image Credit: Opal Valour at Salamanca Arts Centre 2011. Courtesy Kultour
UNESCO and Australia Council look at art in Asia-Pacific
From the floor of the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture we call on IFACCA members and all governments to: Commit to activating and implementing the spirit and principles of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression (2005) and deliver on its objectives by making it central to national, state and local cultural policies.
On 9 October 2012 the Australia Council and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist each other in promoting and implementing the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. The MOU aims to achieve this through international collaboration, research and promotion of the diversity of cultural expression in the Asia-Pacific.
The impetus for the MOU comes from recommendations at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture held in Melbourne in 2011, where over 500 delegates from 70 countries requested that governments activate and implement the ‘spirit and principles’ of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
This week the Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for the Arts, announced the MOU and confirmed the goverment’s committment to the 2005 UNESCO Convention, stating that ‘Australia is proud to be a signatory to an international agreement that seeks to ensure artists and citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities’.
Noting that the partnership agreement compliments the cultural exchange objectives of the recently released Australia in the Asian Century White Paper Mr Crean said ‘The MOU will build on strong cultural links that already exist with our Asia-Pacific neighbours by supporting new international collaborations between artists, partnerships and research’.
‘I applaud the Australia Council on this highly significant agreement,’ Mr Crean said.