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Culture 4th Pillar of Sustainable Development. China in a seductive mode

Hangzhou, 200km south of Shanghai, was host from May 14-17 to the first major international conference on culture and sustainable development since the Stockholm Conference in 1998 "The power of Culture" that led to the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001 and to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005 that Canada and Quebec had so strongly yearned-for.


UN underlines the role of culture in development


Last week, on 12 June, at the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, made these important statements about the role of culture in development.


The European Music Council calls on the Turkish government to respect the right of freedom of expression and to respect the right to peaceful assembly

The initial protests for the protection of a public space in central Istanbul, Gezi Park, have spread throughout the country and now grown, addressing a number of issues such as the need for more democracy and respect for the voice of civil society.


IMC at UNESCO congress on culture and development

May 15-17, IMC President Frans de Ruiter, attended the International Congress 'Culture: Key to Sustainable Development' in Hangzhou, China.

The congress was organised by UNESCO with the support of the Government of the People's Republic of China and Hangzhou Municipal Government. This was the first International Congress specifically focusing on the linkages between culture and sustainable development organized by UNESCO since the Stockholm Conference in 1998. As such, the Congress provided the very first global forum to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development in view of the post-2015 development framework, with participation of the global community and the major international stakeholders.

For more details see the Congress website.

The Congress examined the multifaceted role of culture in achieving sustainable development goals and aimed to influence the inclusion of culture in the post-2015 global development framework.

The Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies is a key outcome of the conference. The Declaration is now available from UNESCO's website.

Calling for a new approach toward sustainable development, the 'Hangzhou Declaration' advocates for placing culture at the heart of public policy. The Declaration urges governments, civil society and the private sector to harness the power of culture in addressing the world's most pressing developmental challenges, such as environmental sustainability, poverty, and social inclusion.

Some key networks participating in the Congress advocated for the inclusion in the Declaration of a recommendation that there be a specific goal for culture in the future UN development agenda. The final words of the Declaration are as follows:

"...We, the participants, share in the ideals of "Diversity in Harmony" and "Harnessing the Past to Create the Future" expressed by our Congress; We commit ourselves to developing action plans based on this Declaration and to working together for their implementation towards 2015 and beyond; We believe that the integration of culture into development policies and programmes will set the stage for a new era of global development;

We recommend, therefore, that a specific Goal focused on culture be included as part of the post-2015 UN development agenda, to be based on heritage, diversity, creativity and the transmission of knowledge and including clear targets and indicators that relate culture to all dimensions of sustainable development."

At the same time, IMC advocated successfully for the inclusion of education in the text of the Declaration.

To download the Declaration, please click here.

European Music Council applauds the decision to exclude the audio-visual and cultural services from the US/EU free trade negotiations

The EMC is a member of the platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries which published a statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) sent to the European Commission and European Parliament ahead of the consultations on the negotiation mandate. This statement was signed and supported by the EMC.


The European Music Council condemns the closing of the Greek public broadcasting

The European Music Council (EMC), regional group of the International Music Council (IMC), is the umbrella organisation for musical life in Europe. It is a platform for National Music Councils and organisations involved in various fields of music from many European countries; the 76 members have their seat in 29 European countries.

The EMC supports EBU (European Broadcasting Union) President Philippot's letter to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonio Samaras, in which he states:


International Rostrum of Composers 60th Anniversary

Not I (2010) for soprano (or mezzo-soprano), chamber ensemble and electronics by Polish composer Agata ZUBEL (born 1978) and So very strange (2013), by young Icelandic composer Úlfur HANSSON (born 1988) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 60th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Prague from May 28 to 31, 2013.


IMC's member of honour awarded as oustanding personality of music in Argentina

José Angel Trelles, Rogelio Polesello, Puma Goity, Macaya Márquez and IMC's member of honour Alicia Terzian were awarded a prize as Oustanding personalities of the Argentina.


EMC Newsletter 02/2013



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