Monitoring Cultural Policy, Co-operation and Diversity:

Resources, Independent Bodies and Networks


Andreas Wiesand, in collaboration with Danielle Cliche


September 2004


This short paper responds to the recommendations made in the European Parliament Resolution of 2000 to set up "a European Observatory to monitor cultural co-operation” and Article 15 of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity to establish “an observatory for cultural diversity which would collect, evaluate and monitor information, data and best practices of relevance in this domain”.

An overview of the work carried out by third sector actors in Europe is presented as a means to demonstrate the potential overlap with the “new” functions recommended in both the Parliament’s report and UNESCO’s Convention.

The paper calls on Member States involved in the Parliament Resolution and the UNESCO Convention to recognise the achievements made by these actors and to build on the expertise that already exists in Europe.


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