The central theme of the meeting of regional culture will be "Culture within the context of the current world crisis: Challenges and Opportunities":
• Cultural Diversity, intercultural dialogue and regional integration
• The role of cultural industries, opportunities for a sustainable development
• Cultural rights
• Institutional strengthening of culture
The Forum will also follow-up the projects approved in the previous meeting, which are currently being implemented (Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase; Virtual Museum of Latin America and the Caribbean; CARIFESTA; Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean (www.lacult.org) and Caribbean Capacity Building Programme for World Heritage, CCBP). The meeting will also discuss the proposals that will be submitted within the specific strategic areas identified.
The XVI Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean takes a very special significance this year, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the event, the space of reflection for the highest government authorities for culture in the Region, as it is the only arena where all the Member States of Latin America and the Caribbean coincide.
The Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean was established in 1989 in the framework of the First Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Region held in Brazil, on August 10 to 12 in that year. Thirty-three Member States from Latin America and the Caribbean integrate the Forum of Ministers, after their respective countries expressed their willingness to become Member States. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, San Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Olga Rufins Machin, UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Technical Secretary, Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean
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