"In today’s interconnected world, culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways. Heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for communities disrupted by bewildering change and economic instability. Creativity contributes to building open, inclusive and pluralistic societies. Both heritage and creativity lay the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies."
Link 05.06.2015 - ODG
Brussels, 5 June 2015 - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, participated today in the High Level Seminar on "The inclusion of culture in development programmes," with the European Commissioner for Development and Cooperation, Mr Neven Mimica, the Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission, Mr Xavier Prats Monne, and Mr Paul Dejardin, Director of the Bozar Centre, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, which hosted the meeting.
The seminar was an opportunity to present the results of the major UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project for the governance of culture, which provided support for the development of stronger cultural policies and to promote the creative industries in more than 13 developing countries since 2010.
“Culture stands at the crossroad of sustainability issues. The creative sector represents millions of jobs and drives growth, it is also well spring of cohesion, identity and collective mobilization. This combination is what I call a development multiplier,” underlined the Director-General, commending the excellent cooperation with the European Commission, which is undertaking extensive work for stronger inclusion of culture in development and cooperation programmes.
"We need to invest in culture and creativity to transform societies -- this is our ultimate renewable resource."
The European Commissioner, Neven Mimica recalled the action undertaken by the European Union to integrate culture in the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. (...)
"Take a photo of cultural heritage that matters to you and post it to Facebook or Instagram using #Unite4Heritage, along with a brief description of why it's important. It could be a place, object or a cultural practice or tradition – it's up to you!"
Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/4DyX4gHRMZ/