Past weeks, certainly, have led to exciting milestones in bringing together cultural goods and services. The World Digital Library, for example, has rightfully generated buzz about the wealth of resources now available in sharing information from around the world. Further, projects cherishing cultural cooperation like UNESCO's Memory of the World project and today's World Press Freedom Day cherish diversity of expression in all forms.
These projects and events are just a few of the signs that indicate diversity is more often seen as an asset and not a threat around the world than in the past. In fact, UNESCO reports indicate that initiatives promoting diversity for development will increase in the future.
One upcoming initiative may be especially intriguing in this regard. UNESCO's first Forum of Cultural Industries will be held this coming September in Monza, Italy, and will focus on one specific segment of cultural industries in seeking to increase the capacity of cultural industries worldwide.
This September's forum will bring together hundreds of international experts and focus on promoting innovation and excellence in the craft and luxury industry. The specific goal is to generate discussion and ideas on how to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships in this area, especially in the private sector.
UNESCO hopes that this will be the first of many forums that will further strengthen links in cultural sectors at local, national, and international levels.