Interarts launches this portal as a key element in the research that the foundation is carrying out on cultural rights and the role of culture in human development. The portal gathers information and documents on themes such as cultural rights, human development, cultural indicators, culture and human rights, and cultural diversity. The portal offers as well information on the current projects in these fields carried out by Interarts or elsewhere, and news on relevant issues. The portal aims at being an useful tool for researchers, policy makers and the civil society by offering a platform for interaction and information.
About the Portal
The Portal to Cultural Rights is a platform of information and documents about cultural rights.
This Portal represents the first international instrument which facilitates the dissemination of information, contact and visibility of the cultural rights and other related topics: human development, cultural diversity and identity, cultural cooperation, economic development and culture, etc. The objective of the Portal is to become a center of information where different civil society actors have the possibility to find documents and practical examples of cultural and human rights and their implementation in the framework of public policies. The Portal is also intended to interact with the society through exchange of experiences, opinions and good practices. Moreover, it documents the projects that are currently running in the sector of cultural and human rights, and recounts relevant news and events. Therefore, the Portal is a useful instrument for researchers, policy makers and for the civil society, promoting the improvement and the awareness of cultural rights.
The Portal was introduced as one of the results of the First International Congress about Cultural Rights and Human Development organised by the Interarts Foundation, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation, UNESCO and Forum 2004 in August 2004. The initiative was based on the need to stimulate reflection and debate about culture and development in the 21st century.
Within the framework of the Universal Forum of Cultures, Interarts Foundation organised three meetings in three different regions within the global cultural panorama. These days of debate were organised in Maputo, Mozambique; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Amman, Jordan, and they were first outline of exchange of ideas of the topics that would later be developed in Barcelona in August 23-27 2004 during the Universal Forum of Cultures.
Pre-Dialogie Regional Meetings
Within the framework of the Universal Forum of Cultures, Interarts Foundation organised three seminars with local partners in three different regions. These seminars were held in Maputo, Mozambique; Sao Paolo, Brazil and Amman, Jordan and they served as a first step for the exchange of ideas on themes that were later discussed and further explored in Barcelona during the Dialogue on Cultural Rights and Human Development (23 - 27 August, 2004).
Fórum Barcelona 2004
Between 24 and 27 August, 2004, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, the Interarts Foundation and Forum 2004 organised a Dialogue on Cultural Rights and Human Development together with the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations, UNESCO and the Office of the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme. This international conference was organised within the framework of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004. The Conference had as an objective to stimulate the debate on culture and development in the 21st century regards two working lines. First, the current debate on cultural rights, especially the right to take part in cultural life and second, the study on the contribution of culture in human development.