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Commitment to an explicit culture goal in Mondiacult declaration welcome: now is the time to deliver

The members of the Culture 2030 Goal Campaign, representing global cultural networks, strongly welcome the undertaking in the Declaration of the MONDIACULT 2022 Conference to integrate a specific Culture Goal in the post-2030 development agenda. We are happy to see strong interest from UNESCO Member States, at the Executive Board, in ensuring effective follow up.

This commitment by governments echoes the core argument made by the Campaign in its own statement in advance of MONDIACULT - namely that the only way to ensure the proper recognition of culture and cultural actors in supporting sustainable development is through an explicit Culture Goal.

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SHIFTing towards eco practices: international cultural networks take lead

Paris 30.01.2023

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Today, the International Music Council, together with 15 other international cultural networks, launched the SHIFT eco-certification pilot phase. The aim of this process is to co-develop a bespoke eco-certification for cultural networks, taking into account their specific needs and working methods. Such a certification, established in partnership with Creative Carbon Scotland and Green Leisure Group, environmental sustainability specialists from Scotland and the Netherlands, will provide a scheme to improve, measure, monitor and evaluate efforts towards sustainability. This pilot project will also encourage active climate action among the wider cultural sector and create a new alliance of like-minded networks and associations. Participating networks aim to get eco-certified by the end of 2023.

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EMC Winter News

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As 2022 draws to a close, things have remained as busy as ever at EMC.

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IMC Statement about music rights in Afghanistan

Paris, 13.12.2022

Despite speculations within the international community about changes in the attitude and behaviour of the Taliban in months before their return to power, we observe with grave concern that when the group re-captured the Afghan state, the Afghan people and musicians were denied their music rights as were Afghan girls and women deprived of their basic human rights to full and active participation in Afghan society and of their right to education and work.

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Dr. Ahmad Sarmast nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion

Paris 05.12.2022

Founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast has been nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion, rejoining in this role Arn Chorn-Pond, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa.
The Five Music Rights represent the core values of the International Music Council. They have been guiding the work of the IMC and of its network comprising some 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world.

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Global cultural networks propose culture goal for future development frameworks

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On 27 September 2022, the Culture2030Goal campaign (also known as #Culture2030Goal) which unites a group of global cultural networks, launched a zero-draft of a potential development goal focused on culture.
With no explicit focus on culture in the UN 2030 Agenda, opportunities to mobilise the cultural sector, to draw on its reach, insights and energy to accelerate development are being missed. Yet such mobilisation is all the more essential, given the long and difficult road left to travel to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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The second MusicAIRE call for proposals is out!

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MusicAIRE launches its second call for proposals for the recovery of the music sector. It offers grants for music projects focusing on the green, digital or just and resilient recovery of the music sector. The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, it has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.

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IMC at Mondiacult 2022

The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be convened by UNESCO forty years after the first Mondiacult World Conference on Cultural Policies held in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1982. It will be hosted from 28 to 30 September 2022 by the Government of Mexico in Mexico City.

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Global Music Vault partners with Microsoft for project 'Silica'

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The Project Silica Proof of Concept 

Did you know that today's solution for storing music data is facing a multitude of challenges?

To date, tape technology has been the most commonly used storage medium, with little innovation over the years resulting in a huge fragmentation and fragility of storage facilities all around the world. As a founding partner of the Global Music Vault, the International Music Council (IMC) welcomes the partnership struck up by Elire Group - the inititator of the Vault - and Microsoft for the project 'Silica' which uses an innovative technology to make sure that music stored in the Vault will be preserved for centuries.

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