INTERNATIONAL FORUM: “Promoting Diversity of Cultural Expression in the UK”, 10 December 2010

2-5pm at City University in London.

We are currently preparing the follow up event of the Forum for Young Leaders on Cultural Policy, which was organised by the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity (UKCCD) on June 4th at City University in London.

How can UNESCO’s Convention strengthen UK Cultural Policy? Based on a  CALL FOR SUBMISSION   of ideas as to how the Convention might be implemented in the UK and what the role of the U40 group might be, a core group of 20  participants will be identified who will then take the idea forward. Please find the call including all necessary information attached to this e-mail. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2010. Please note that due to a very limited budget for the event we will ask for a £5 cover charge.

The U40 group we are now planning to establish for the UK offers young people Under 40 – postgraduates, PhD students, young professionals, and similarly qualified experts – the opportunity to participate in the international debate on Cultural Diversity and the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression (2005). The U40 group in the UK will advance action to further the aims of UNESCO’s Convention, a unique instrument for international cultural policy and exchange which puts culture at the centre of development agendas.

Please join our Facebook page which will be updated regularly before the event:!/pages/Young-Cultural-Professionals-Forum-on-Cultural-Diversity/117323031620856



Second Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties

UNESCO Headquarters – Monday 15 June – Thursday 18 June

The Second Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will take place at UNESCo Headquarters from 15 to 18 June 2009.

Note Conference of parties



Future Britain: Arts leading the way

TATE Britain – Monday 15 June, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Speakers include: Dame Joan Bakewell CBE, Tim Joss and Sir John Tusa

Keynote address: Lord Melvyn Bragg

Presented by the National Campaign for the Arts

Future Britain is a cross-sector national conference which will look at the development of the arts sector over the coming years and its role in shaping Britain’s future.  The day will centre around three panel debates which deal with different aspects of the arts today, from the importance of meaningful dialogue with politicians, opinion formers and the public to building a stronger, more resilient arts sector.

More information can be found on the NCA website.


Parliamentary Business – House of Lords

Creative Industries Debate
Moved by Lord Bragg  11:40 am

To call attention to the contribution of the creative industries to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for Papers.

Creative Industries Debate Lord Bragg


Public Service Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report)
Moved by Lord Fowler  4:38 pm

Motion for House of Lords to take note of the report of the Communications Committee on Public Service Broadcasting: Short Term Crisis, Long Term Future?

Lord Fowler Public Service Broadcasting Debate



Guardian Letter Digital Britain (by Holly Aylett and Dr Carole Tongue)

Magna Carta for International Cultural Policy (by Holly Aylett)

Who’s Afraid of the WTO (by C. Tongue)



DFID Submission

– UKCCD submission to the Department for International Development regarding a consultation request on Eliminating World Poverty: Assuring Our Common Future (response drafted 26 May 2009)


Letter M. Helston Head of the International Unit

Email sent to Michael Helston regarding the Conference of Parties (Paris, 15 – 18 June 2009) and the importance of Article 21 in the 2005 UNESCO Convention (email sent 9 June 2009)


Response NCA Arts Manifesto

– UKCCD response to the National Campaign for the Arts request for consultation regarding their Arts Manifesto for the Next General Election (response drafted 19 May 2009)


Submision House of Lords Committee on UK Film Industry

– Dr Carole Tongue’s submission to the Select Committee on Communication’s call for evidence (drafted April 2009)