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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogota (Oct. 18/19). Ministers of Culture and authorities of the Ibero-American countries meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, agreed to join forces and implement actions so that culture and the creative economy make a decisive contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The declaration was made in the framework of the XX Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Culture, held at the headquarters of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 17 and 18, an event that is considered the most relevant in the region in 2019 in matter of cultural public policies.

The meeting was opened by the president of the host country, Iván Duque; the Minister of Culture of Colombia, Carmen Inés Vásquez; the Minister of Culture and Sports of Andorra, Sílvia Riva; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; and the Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), Mariano Jabonero.

“Access to culture is a vital foundation for the social transformation of our nations. Today we have here ministers and ministers who work every day with dedication to make culture a development factor, ”said President Duque.

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To reinforce the contribution of the region’s culture to the 2030 Agenda, the ministers and ministers of the countries of the region entrusted the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), in coordination with the OEI, to design and implement the Strategy Iberoamerican Culture and Development.

This Strategy will seek to “promote the social, economic and environmental transformation of the region, with special attention to cultural diversity, cultural heritage and gender equality.”

Similarly, the Ibero-American Conference agreed “to establish and develop the Latin American market of cultural and creative industries, especially micro, small and medium enterprises”, in order to consolidate the creative economy in the region in a sustainable, functional way.

The declaration also contemplates the continuity of the Agenda for Democratic Access to Books, Reading and Writing; the creation of a Study on social security of the artist in Latin America, where the Colombian experience will be a reference, as well as the participation of the region with a joint and strategic vision on culture and sustainable development in the World Forum of Ministers of Culture convened by the Unesco in November in Paris.

Conference Voices

At the end of the second day of sessions, the Minister of Culture of Colombia, Carmen Vásquez Camacho, said that “the balance is very satisfactory. The commitment of the Latin American countries with the 2030 Agenda and their recognition of the strategic value of culture for the region is relevant ”. In addition, he said that the host country of the Conference proposed “that Retina Latina can become an Ibero-American platform that functions as a virtual cinematheque of the region’s cinema”.

Read: Final Declaration XX Conference Bogotá.pdf

Regarding what was agreed, Mariano Jabonero, OEI General Secretary said that “among the work proposals of our organization are: connecting the cultural action of OEI in the SDGs, supporting the Ibero-American digital agenda and the Ibero-American Chair of Digital Culture, as well as the threads to weave shop windows of Ibero-American cultural identity to make them visible and share them ”.

Meanwhile, Sílvia Riva, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Principality of Andorra said that the objective is to “consolidate the Ibero-American Cultural Space to promote innovation and creativity in Latin America, promote the gender approach and promote reflection on contributions from culture and the creative economy to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the current challenges of the cultural sector of the region ”.

“At this meeting we reaffirm our commitment to culture and the 2030 Agenda,” said Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero-American General Secretary. “We must bet on a new intersectoral dialogue, between different levels of government, and the generation of innovative alliances. Only then can we have a strengthened and competitive Latin American cultural goods market, ”he said.

The Conference is one of the preparatory sector meetings for the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government that will take place in Andorra in November 2020, whose motto will be “Innovation for sustainable development – Objective 2030”.

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