In Latvia Yesterday, 17:36 Latvia was re-elected to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO

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On Thursday, June 8, in Paris, Latvia was re-elected unanimously to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Kitija Balcere, communication consultant of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, informed.

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On Thursday, June 8, in Paris, Latvia was re-elected unanimously to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Kitija Balcere, communication consultant of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, informed.

Latvia will continue to be represented in the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee by Rūta Muktupāvela, the Chairperson of the Latvian National Culture Council, the Rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture and the Chairperson of the Latvian Rectors’ Council.

Muktupāvela believes that in the next stage of representation it is important to continue the initiated initiatives important for Latvia. As priority areas, she listed the development of the digital environment, including issues related to intellectual property rights and online access to cultural content, as well as the care and protection of the national cultural heritage and the languages ​​and cultures of indigenous peoples.

In Muktupāvela’s view, it is also important to realize and recognize the economic potential of culture, promoting a favorable environment for business in the cultural sector and the development of creative industries.

So far, by participating in the work of the committee, reports have been prepared and information provided on projects that promote the diversity of cultural expressions in Latvia, as well as on research conducted in the field of cultural consumption and policy initiatives in the development of the digital environment. Information on media policy guidelines is also provided.

The Intergovernmental Committee is responsible for the implementation and promotion of the principles expressed in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the member states of the Convention, as well as in various international forums. The committee also monitors the implementation of the convention and develops recommendations for the improvement of its implementation policy and practice, as well as makes decisions on the programs and projects supported by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

The main directions of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are the resolution of the working conditions and employment problems of artists and creative persons, the involvement of non-governmental organizations and civil society in cultural policy processes, the creation of a favorable environment for the free creation and distribution of cultural goods and services internationally, including the development of creative industries . Latvia ratified the convention in 2007.

The convention highlights the value of cultural diversity and coexistence based on mutual respect, promoting intercultural dialogue, believes Muktupāvela, adding that at present “in the face of geopolitical challenges” it has gained special relevance.

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