See http://www.unesco.de/3201.html?&L=1 for complete information on the U40 Network.We're expecting a website launch in Spring 2013.
Mapping Cultural Diversity: Good Practices from Around the Globe
This anthology, published by the Asia-Europe Foundation and the German Commission to UNESCO features programs and policies that foster cultural diversity submitted by U40 Fellows. The Big Read, a U.S. program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences, is included in the publication as one of the program profiles.
2011 Inter-Americas Encounter on Local Cultural Diversity
Between May 19-May 22, U40s from the Americas attended a meeting on local cultural diversity practices in Toluca, Mexico. This project was partially sponsored by the first round of the International Fund on Cultural Diversity. Documents are forthcoming.
2010 U40 Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey
On October 21-October 24, I represented North American U40 Fellows at the annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The total number of fellows now exceeds 70 from all regions of the world. Click here for our Network in Action document which emerged from this gathering.
U40 AMERICAS 2010
On May 19-21, 2010, the Coalition for Cultural Diversity hosted a conference in Montreal for the Americas as part of our regional activities.
The U40 Americas meeting was a follow-on to the U40 World Forum Capacity-Building Program “Cultural Diversity in 2030” held in
Themes for Consideration:
Our deliberations led to the following:
U40 AMERICAS CULTURAL DIVERSITY PROPOSAL
Value of U.S. Representation (We are always looking for new fellows)
Why would U.S. representatives participate in a network designed to support the ratification of a Convention our nation will presumably never sign?
1. You might believe that the U.S. should sign it.
2. Like myself, you may believe that the United States can cooperate to support cultural diversity values through other mechanisms outside of the Convention.
3. It is important for the U.S. to be present at the table.
4. The United States continues to develop in the practice of cultural policy and it is important for us to exchange practices and ideas as we address common challenges.
5. This is an opportunity to learn more about international cultural policy and to meet other like- minded individuals.
I have found this to be an exceptionally savvy and knowledgeable network and thus invaluable. For my own opinions and some background, please look under the Cultural Diversity section of my Publications tab. I am happy to recommend some other U.S.-based and international scholars on this topic on request.