UNESCO convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 February 2019, the first meeting of the new EU/UNESCO Expert Facility, to discuss global strategies to support the emergence of strong and dynamic creative sectors in developing countries. I was among the 42 international experts, with recognized expertise in issues related to creative industries, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural policy, cultural statistics and indicators, digital, artistic freedom, media diversity, trade, status of the artist, gender equality and
intellectual property rights.
A two-day national training with over twenty Ethiopian civil society and governmental actors. Held within the framework of UNESCO’s Aschberg programme for artists and cultural professionals, it brought together curators, festival organizers, visual artists, graphic designers, film directors, musicians, as well as members of the National Theatre, the Filmmakers and Producers Associations, the Writers Association, along with senior representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Intellectual Property Rights Office. The participants reviewed policies and measures to protect and promote artistic freedom. The workshop was facilitated by Ole Reitov.
The workshop, conducted by Ole Reitov and Sara Whyatt, brought together a group of 20 persons, both governmental and non-governmental actors working in Ghana on issues related to artistic freedom. The workshop served to facilitate a better understanding of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and its goal to promote human rights and artistic freedom; exchange on existing laws, policies and measures which promote and protect artistic expression, and challenges that countries face; increase knowledge and understanding of the obligations that governments (in close cooperation with civil society) have in terms of reporting on policies and measures taken to promote artistic freedom.