Preliminary proposals by the Director-General concerning the Draft Programme and Budget for 2012-2013 (36 C/5)

Major Programme IV – Culture

104. Reaffirms UNESCO’s paramount comparative advantage in the field of cultural and natural heritage preservation, protection and safeguarding;

105. Underlines the importance of strengthening the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural property through the reinforcement of the implementation of the 1970 Convention;

106. Reaffirms the importance to UNESCO of supporting Member States in the development of national and local capacities in the field of culture, in the formulation of national and regional cultural policies and in the development of relevant cultural statistics, data and analysis as a basis for assessing the impact of the culture sector in and for development and with a view to informing national cultural policies;

107. Underscores that UNESCO should facilitate the development of “sustainable tourism” as a crucial contribution to the rapprochement of cultures and to the appreciation of the world’s cultural diversity and as a source of income generation;

108. Supports the initiative for elaborating a programme on “cities for sustainable development, dialogue and peace”;

109. Encourages UNESCO to support better integration of the cultural dimension into the work of the United Nations system at the country level, including common country programming processes such as the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF), and through the wider application and use of appropriate tools such as the Cultural Diversity Programming Lens;

110. Welcomes the strengthening of activities and the establishment of synergies in the areas of culture and development, which will also serve to strengthen social inclusion;

111. Underscores the role of museums in development and dialogue, and encourages the strengthening of capacities and development of tools in this field, particularly in developing countries;

112. Requests that the Arabia Plan be included among the activities foreseen;

113. Calls for greater focus in defining future objectives for sectoral programmes, including for the Slave Route project, the General and Regional Histories projects and the Roads to Independence: the African Liberation Heritage project;

114. Highlights the importance of developing foresight capacities aimed at the identification of trends and challenges in the culture area, and welcomes the development of the Knowledge Management Database on Culture and Development as an effective tool for consolidating UNESCO’s leadership in the field of culture worldwide;

115. Recalls the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, Republic of Korea, 25-28 May 2010), and further recalls 185 EX/Decision 44 on the appropriate follow-up;

116. Underlines the need for youth to be better reflected as a target group, as regards youth participation in the field of culture, in order to promote intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and peace-building;

117. Encourages UNESCO to develop its partnership with the Alliance of Civilizations, as foreseen in the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding, and underscores the importance of the joint implementation of specific activities;

118. Takes note of the ongoing work of the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures;

119. Recalls the potential of UNESCO Chairs and networks and of UNESCO category 2 centres active in the field of culture;

120. Underscores the potential of ICTs for culture;

121. Takes note with interest of the proposal for the possible organization of a United Nations summit on culture and development in 2013, reflecting in particular the contribution of culture to development and to the attainment of the MDGs;