International COUNCIL

on Cultural Relations

The International Council on Cultural Relations is a global knowledge and action platform for organizations who foster rights-based approaches to cultural relations and promote human and socio-economic development through culture.

RECENT MEETINGS

Corporate Cultural Philanthropy Group

Geneva, 10 Oct 2019

Cultural Rights Initiative

Nairobi, 13 Nov 2019

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ICR KNOWLEDGE-HUB

International Cultural Relations News

UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue 2020 announced in Seoul

Gulf News, 12 Dec 2019

Symposium on promoting Chinese publications going global ...

China.org.cn, 11 Dec 2019

China's library officials are burning books that diverge from ...

Washington Post, 10 Dec 2019

Losing hearts, minds and allies the Erdogan way

The Jerusalem Post, 06 Dec 2019

Research

"How Christianity and Confucianism can explain US-China rivalry"

Peter T. Chang (09 Feb 2019), South China Morning Post, online.

"Back to the Hardest: The U-turn of Turkish Foreign Policy"

Federico Donelli (21 July 2019), in «Political Reflection», Vol. 5, n. 19, pp. 11-15.

The Iranian Kurds’ transnational links: impacts on mobilization and political ambitions

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Costas Laoutides, William Gourlay & Zahid Shahab Ahmed (2019); in: Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, Gender, and Culture in International Relations: Postcolonial Perspectives

R. Persaud and A. Sajed (2018) , New York: Routledge

HISTORY

The International Council on Cultural Relations builds on the work of the Funders Task Force on Culture and Development, an informal network of bilateral and multilateral agencies, banks and foundations committed to enhancing the role of culture in international development cooperation that was established at a meeting in 2012 at the European Investment Bank.

The ICCR was set up as an initiative under the Arts Investment Forum to create a designated platform for discussions previously held at the Task Force. It goes beyond the culture and development paradigm and refocuses the debate with a view to addressing the implementation challenges of the 2030 Development Agenda...

... by advancing one of its overarching aims, namely to "...to foster inter-cultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility" in the context of a rights-based approach to cultural development.

The ICCR was set up as an initiative under the Arts Investment Forum to create a designated platform for discussions previously held at the Task Force. It goes beyond the culture and development paradigm and refocuses the debate with a view to addressing the implementation challenges of the 2030 Development Agenda by advancing one of its overarching aims, namely to "...to foster inter-cultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility" in the context of a rights-based approach to development.

Accordingly, the ICCR pursues the specific aim of providing a global knowledge and action platform for organizations who foster rights-based approaches to cultural relations and promote human and socio-economic development through culture.

Leading up to the formation of the ICCR in 2017, an ad-hoc steering committee that included, inter alia, representatives of UNFPA and the African Union Commission, provided guidance during the initial design phase. It looked at how best to reframe the work of the Task Force and bring together diverse cultural perspectives to gain the necessary scale and capacity for impact to be a useful resource for informing policy and practice in the field of cultural relations globally.

Launch meeting: The Hague, 2017: Communicating Values in Today's Public Diplomacy Landscape | SUMMARY REPORT

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

"We pledge to foster inter-cultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility. We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development."

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