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INITIATIVE ON CULTURAL RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT | Consultation Meeting, 10 December 2018

The meeting will chart the way forward for the Council's Initiative on Cultural Rights & Development, which aims to build knowledge on measures that contribute to an effective implementation of cultural rights, particularly in international development cooperation and foreign affairs, with a view to contributing to a stronger recognition of cultural rights and a wider uptake of investments in related activities.

Background: General Comment on The Right of Everyone to Take Part in Cultural Life (Nr. 21, 2009) of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

CULTURAL NARRATIVES FORUM | Consultation, 18 December 2018

The Cultural Narratives Forum (CNF) aims to facilitate a global conversation among leading cultural institutions on how their cultural narratives promote intercultural understanding. For experts charged with taking these institutions forward, the CNF provides a space for reflecting on the stories they present, on the reasons for their selections, and on the possible consequences - and to relate this to a broader reflection on how their institutions promote understanding of an intercultural perspective of the world. The CNF explores, inter alia:

    • how these institutions formulate their own position as institutions tied into larger political and societal debates;
    • how these institutions are instruments for negotiating identity, cultural values and diverse narratives, both in response to a changing world and in their function as change agents
    • how they act as drivers for provoking thought and encouraging dialogue

Communicating Values in Today's Public Diplomacy Landscape | SUMMARY REPORT

ICR Council Meeting, The Hague, Netherlands

  • soft power priorities and actions
  • two-way communication and audiences
  • artistic co-productions
  • more...


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VOL. 40 (1) 2018 READ

In this issue:

  • China's Sharp Power
  • Russia Today's News Offensive

VOL. 39 (2) 2017

  • Turkey's Soft Power Push: The Maarif Foundation
  • DOSSIER: Cultural Values
  • China: Belt & Road Updates

VOL. 38 (1) 2017

  • Analysis of globalization, cultural diversity and education
  • How the digital world is changing how we conceive of soft power
  • Strategies of Iran's soft power