The inaugural World Summit on Arts and Culture was hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was staged to provide opportunities for councils and funding bodies from all continents to share their approaches and experiences. Speakers explored a wide range of issues relating to culture in a global context, from the role of culture in foreign affairs, to diversity and private sector support. At this Summit, participating councils and funding bodies unanimously supported the creation of an international federation of arts and cultural agencies (now IFACCA). The event was attended by 300 delegates from 55 countries.
The Canada Council produced a final report that describes the key issues addressed as well as the creation of the Federation and the election of its interim board. The report is available in English and French: