UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

10/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/30/2020 04:06

Regional Perspectives | Latin America and the Caribbean

Following a series of meetings with experts - including UNESCO representatives in Latin American field offices - the Inter-American Development Bank published a report of recommendations(link is external) for supporting the cultural sector in the region. The report highlights the pre-existing structural challenges facing cultural and creative industries, new challenges created by the current crisis and the impact of the crisis on the sector. It particularly draws attention the challenges of inequalities and social inclusion that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The main actions presented are the reactivation of culture and the creative industries, the digitization of business models and increasing the visibility of cultural and creative industries on public policy agendas.

The Council of Ministers of Culture of the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination (CECC/SICA), published a Collaborative Response for Culture Strategy for the central American region in response to the current crisis. The Strategy is designed to increase institutional capacity to formalise the sector, including through strengthening the normative frameworks and general cultural policies, as well as the data systems on the artistic and cultural sectors, with the purpose of strengthening cultural governance. It advocates for increased regional cultural integration for greater economic resilience of the sector, including through the expansion of social security to cultural and creative professionals and the development of cultural tourism. Further recommendations include the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, especially of indigenous and Afro-descendant populations, whose heritage is under threat due to the vulnerability of older people to COVID-19. The Council of Ministers of Culture formally endorsed the strategy at a meeting on the 29 September.

The Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) has launched the 3rd edition (link is external) of its 'Competition on Good Practices of MERCOSUR Civil Society in Audiovisual Accessibility'. Launched at a meeting of the MERCOSUR Film and Audiovisual Authorities (RECAM), the competition aims to reward and further disseminate successful examples that could provide inspiration throughout the region. Applications remain open until 15 November.