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The first Inter-American meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities concluded today in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Held under the auspices of the Organization of American States (within the framework of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development - CIDI), the historic two-day meeting was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, a founding member of IFACCA. The meeting was attended by delegates from 24 countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Delegates unanimously agreed to a Declaration and a Plan of Action, both of which acknowledged the role of international organizations such as UNESCO, the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), the International Network on Cultural Policies and IFACCA, for their role in fostering dialogue and strengthening cultural cooperation. More details, including news of the potential establishment of an Inter-American Cultural Policy Observatory, will be provided in upcoming issues of ACORNS. News and information from the Organization of American States can be found at;www.oas.org.
A profile of the Ministerio de Cultura Colombia, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, has been added to the IFACCA website. As with other country profiles, the Minstry's profile describes the roles, objectives and structure of the Ministry. The profile also highlights major policy initiatives, in particular the Ministry's National Plan for Culture 2001-2010, and sets out what the Minstry perceives as its greatest current challenges and strengths. http://www.ifacca.org/en/profile/Colombia.html.
As a contribution to building the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, IFACCA is pleased to provide members with a recent article by UNESCO's Deputy Assistant Director General for Culture, Milagros del Corral. The article is titled Cultural Diversity: A Coalition for the Willing, and is available in English and French. The Alliance is a UNESCO partnership initiave between public, private and civil society sectors. For more see http://www.unesco.org/culture/alliance.
Senior Arts Queensland officer, John Stafford, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia to study public art programs in the USA.
As part of the AFC's free guideline information session on Monday July 8, Popcorn Taxi Sydney will screen two AFC-funded shorts.
The Australia Council wants to sell a valuable 18th-century Italian cello, currently on loan to young musician Liwei Qin.