Press release
07.04.15

Hertie School to research on behalf of UNESCO

Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Berlin, 7 April 2015 – On behalf of UNESCO, the Hertie School of Governance will prepare a report evaluating the implementation of the findings from the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which took place in 2005. Ten years after the convention, Hertie School Dean Helmut K. Anheier will lead the initiative to develop a system of indicators which will help experts to analyse how successfully the measures have been adopted and applied in the individual nations.

According to Helmut K. Anheier, who explains the report’s goal and approach, “We want to know which states have taken on the eight overriding aims of the convention – including the legal status of artistic freedom, access to art and cultural forms, gender equality and the implementation of international cooperations – and why. It is especially important for us to identify positive examples and success stories from which we can draw lessons for each of the states. The challenge lies in creating indicators that work for all nations – even for those where the necessary data is sparse or difficult to find.“

The Hertie School signed an International Partnership Agreement (IPA) with UNESCO regarding a “Global Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention” on 13 March 2015. An international team of authors, who met together on 31 March and 1 April for the first time, will be contributing to the report. The first edition of the report will be published in December 2015, prior to the ninth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention. The second edition is scheduled for May 2017.

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was finalised at the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference and came into effect in 2007. The agreement has established a legal basis for individual states to establish independent cultural policies under international law.