UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity raises cultural diversity to the level of “the common heritage of humanity”, “as necessary for human kind as biodiversity is for nature”. This diversity creates a rich and varied world which increases the range of choices and nurtures human capacities and values. It is therefore one of the roots of development, understood not simply in terms of economic growth, but also as means to achieve a more satisfying intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence. Globalization offers unprecedented possibilities for this diversity to flourish, nurtured as it is by constant exchanges and interaction between cultures which are facilitated by the rapid development of information and communication technologies. At the same time, these processes carry with them the risk of uniformity as well as the standardization of lifestyles and cultural practices, thus potentially impoverishing diversity.
The World Forum on Cultural Diversity will analyse these issues and offer a platform for developing innovative models of co-operation and partnerships between public authorities, civil society and the business community so as to build a harmonious global society that truly reaps the benefits of globalization.
November 7, 2005
14:00—15:00 Press Conference
15.30 – 17:30 Presentation of the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
November 8, 2005
8:30—9:00 Opening Ceremony
9:00—12:30 High Level Panel with Ministers of Culture
This opening panel will provide an overview of opportunities and challenges for cultural diversity as experienced in the different world regions.
Chaired by the Deputy Director General of UNESCO
Minister of Culture (China)
Minister of Culture (France)
Minister of Culture (Mexico)
Minister of Culture (Jordan)
Minister of Culture (Senegal or South Africa)
Minister of Culture (India)
Hosted by the Foundation for Globalization Cooperation
14:00—17:30 Plenary Panel
Sustaining diversity in cultural goods and services:
Cultural Industry Development
National markets for cultural goods and services need an enabling environment to grow. This can only be achieved through the partnership of public and private stakeholders. Likewise, trade and non-trade barriers to the international trade of cultural goods and services need to be addressed through international frameworks for cultural and trade policy. Such frameworks should reinforce cultural production capacities, encourage the emergence of viable local markets, facilitate access to the global market and distribution networks for the cultural goods and services of all countries, assure the free movement of creative artists and promote the transfer of technology and know-how.
Minister of Culture, Canada
Sing Wang, CEO and Executive Director, TOM Group limited
Bonnie Richardson, Motion Picture Association (USA)
Emiliano Martínez, Grupo Santillana (Spain)
Felissimo Corporation (Japan)
Fernando Zapata DG Copyright Office (Colombia)
Luciana Castellina (European Union)
Simon Evans, Creative Clusters ( UK)
Ritu Sethi, Craft Revival Trust (India)
Ahmed Attia, CTF Films (Tunis)
November 9, 2005
Creative City Development and Cultural Diversity
Creative cities support pluralism of ideas and make creativity an essential element of their economic development. In an era of globalization, local leaders become more aware of their potential involvement in international commercial and cultural exchange. By linking those leaders in a network of strategic cooperation, innovation is cultivated through the exchange of know-how, experiences and technological expertise.
Chaired by Milagros del Corral, Deputy Assistant Director General for Culture, UNESCO (confirmed)
Hangzhou City Mayor (China)
Buenos Aires City Mayor (Argentina)
Santa Fe City Mayor (USA)
Montreal City Mayor (Canada)
Edinburgh City Mayor (UK)
Durban City Mayor (South Africa)
Dubai City Mayor (United Arab Emirates)
14:00 – 17:00 Roundtable Discussion
Speakers of the morning panels and Mayors of Chinese cities
9:00—12:30 Human aspects of cultural diversity in a globalized world Cultural diversity is a rich asset for individuals and societies. Its promotion implies the guarantee of human rights and fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression, information and communication. It requires an increased recognition of the importance of human creativity, linguistic diversity, traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.
Breyten Breytenbach, University of Natal (South Africa)
Arjun Appadurai , University of Chicago (USA)
David Throsby, Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia)
Adama Samassekou, President of the African Academy of Languages (Mali)
Rajeev Sethi , Asian Heritage Foundation (India)
Sue Wright, University of Aston (UK)
Lucas Tomasi, European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (European Union)
14:00—17:00 Cultural Renaissance in the Globalization Era
Development, if it is to be sustainable, has to be grounded in the values of any given society as well as in the ways that populations perceive their relations with others and with nature. Cultural diversity by no means divides individuals, societies and peoples but rather unites them by constituting a shared fund richly composed of immemorial heritage, current experience and future expectations.
The respect for the diversity of cultures, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation in a climate of mutual trust and understanding are among the best guarantees of international peace and security.
Mounir Bouchenaki, Assistant Director General for Culture, UNESCO
17:00—18:00 Closing Ceremony
19:00 Farewell Dinner