Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity explores ways to turn creativity in developing countries into sustainable cultural industries. The Alliance aims to promote cultural diversity, support economic development and encourage job creation in a range of fields including music, publishing, cinema, crafts and the performing arts. According to its website, its "projects range from local level 'people to people' projects to the design of far-reaching public policy and regulatory frameworks." It is hoped that these projects will enable UNESCO and the alliance members to identify best practices and establish project models that can be reproduced in other regions of the world. Its projects are grouped into the following categories: Music, Cinema and Audiovisual, Publishing, Crafts and Design, Copyright, and Multisectoral. The Creative Cities program is also a part of the Alliance.

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