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					   First Meeting of Coalitions and Professional Cultural Organizations from
                      Commonwealth African countries
                                              And
                                       Public Seminar:
“Maximizing the potential of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the
        diversity of cultural expressions as a vehicle to support the development of
                                cultural industries in Africa”


                                 September 10-11, 2007

                                           Location:
                                   Protea Parktonian Hotel
                                      120 De Korte Street


                                 Johannesburg, South Africa




Organized by the Canadian co-secretariat of the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for
                                       Cultural Diversity
                                      in Association with
                   the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)
                    and the South African Coalition for Cultural Diversity

                      With the support of The Commonwealth Foundation


                                           DRAFT
                                     (August 24, 2007)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2007

4 :30 pm to 6 :00 pm   Opening Ceremonies
                       Welcoming Speeches
                                 Andre Le Roux, President, South Africa’s Coalition for Cultural
                                  Diversity
                                 Jim McKee, Executive Director of Canada’s Coalition for
                                  Cultural Diversity and Representative of the International Liaison
                                  Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
                                 Andrew Firmin, Program Manager, Culture and Diversity,
                                  Commonwealth Foundation

                       Cocktail




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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007

                    Meeting of Coalitions and Cultural Professional
                    Organizations
9 am to 9:15 am     Introduction by Representative of the South African CCD

9:15 to 9:45 am     Roundtable introductions by participants

                    Part 1 : What is at stake in the campaign to ratify and implement the
                    UNESCO convention on the diversity of cultural expressions / Key
                    elements of the UNESCO convention on the protection and promotion of
                    the diversity of cultural expressions

9:45 to 11:15 am       A. The evolution of the campaign to put in place an international
                          instrument on cultural diversity: the pressure from international trade
(includes 20 min.         agreements and the need to affirm in international law the right of
exchange with             countries to apply cultural policies.
participants)          B. The mobilization of civil society: the emergence of the movement of
                          national coalitions of cultural professional organizations for cultural
                          diversity.
                       C. An overview of the principles, objectives, rights and obligations of the
                          UNESCO convention.
                          Jim McKee, Executive Director, Canada’s Coalition for Cultural
                          Diversity and ILC Representative

11:15 to 11:30 am   COFFEE BREAK

                    Part 2 : The campaign to ratify the UNESCO convention
11:30 to 12:00 pm      A. The ratification process of the Convention and the overview of the
                           current state of the global ratification campaign.
                            Beat Santschi, Swiss Coalition for Cultural Diversity

12:00 to 12:30 pm      B. Roundtable: brief presentations by each participant on the state of the
                          ratification campaign in their country.

12:30 – 1:00 pm       C. Next steps: Meeting the Challenge of Ensuring balanced
                         representation among countries ratifying the convention
                         i) Roundtable discussion: strategies and actions for promoting
                             ratification by African member countries of the Commonwealth as
                             well as on a pan-African level.
1:00 – 2:30 pm      LUNCH




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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007

                   Meeting of Coalitions and Cultural Professional
                   Organizations
                   Part 3: The role of coalitions and cultural organizations in the
                   implementation of the UNESCO convention.

2:30 to 3:30 pm      A. Implementation of the UNESCO convention
                     i) Overview of the process for implementing the UNESCO convention.
                         Jim McKee, Executive Director, Canada’s Coalition for Cultural
                         Diversity (30 minutes)
                     ii) Roundtable Discussion: What is at stake in the implementation of the
                         convention and how the cultural milieu can get involved.

3:30 to 4 :00 pm     B. Roundtable: Participants present snapshots of the environment for the
                        cultural sector in their country, including an overview of existing
                        cultural policies in place.

4:00 to 5:00 pm      C. Coalitions for Cultural Diversity as vehicles for advancing the cause for
                         culture nationally, regionally and internationally: Towards a founding
                         congress of an International Federation of CCDs in Seville, Spain.

8 :00 pm           DINNER




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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
                                       Public Seminar:
  “ Maximizing the potential of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the
           diversity of cultural expressions as a vehicle to support the development of
                                   cultural industries in Africa”


10 :00 to 10 :15 am   Introduced and Chaired by :
                      Andre Le Roux: Chairman of the South African Coalition on Cultural
                      Diversity

10 :15 to 10 :45 am    The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity
                      of Cultural Expressions
30 minutes            Address by the Honourable Kader Asmal, MP, South Africa and Chair of the
                      UNESCO intergovernmental negotiations on the convention

10:45 to 11:15        Avenues for Furthering Cultural Diversity within the Commonwealth
                      Address by Andrew Firmin, Program Manager Culture and Diversity, the
                      Commonwealth Foundation

11:15 to 11:30am      BREAK

                      The Convention and Cultural Policies as Vehicles for the Development of
                      Cultural Industries in Africa
11 :30 to 1:00 pm     A) Sectoral Perspectives on Experience with Existing policies and the
60 minutes w.         Challenges to be Met in Developing National Cultural Industries:
30 minute Q&A
                      Visual Arts and Craft: Vuyisile Mshudulu, Northern Cape Craft Development
                      Officer.
                      Music: Arnold Mabunda, Moshito, South Africa
                      Books: Dudley Schroeder, Executive Director, Publishers Association of
                      South Africa
                      Theater and Music: Dick Matovu, General Secretary, Uganda Musicians’
                      Union

1:00 to 2:30 pm       LUNCH

2:30 to 4:00 pm       B) Opportunities Presented by the UNESCO Convention for
90 minutes w.         International Cooperation Initiatives to Support the Development of
30 minute exchange    Cultural Sectors on a Regional and Pan-African Basis
with audience
                      Seipati Bulane-Hopa, Secretary-General, FEPACI
                      Nicholas Motsatse, CEO Southern Africa Music Rights Organization
                      (SAMRO)
                      Beat Santschi, Vice-President,International Federation of Musicians (FIM)
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
                                       Public Seminar:
  “ Maximizing the potential of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the
           diversity of cultural expressions as a vehicle to support the development of
                                   cultural industries in Africa”



4:00 to 5:00 pm       Next Steps : Identifying channels for cultural organizations to become
                      meaningfully involved in the implementation of the UNESCO convention at
                      the international, regional and national levels.
                      ___________, South Africa`s Coalition for Cultural Diversity
                      Representative of South Africa`s Department of Arts and Culture




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