Deutsche UNESCO Kommission e.V.

U40-World Forum "Cultural Diversity 2030"

The German Commission for UNESCO and the International Federation of the Coalition for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), jointly organised the "U40-World Forum" (12-14 June 2009) on the occasion of the 2nd Conference of Parties of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (15-16 June 2009).

"Proposals for Cultural Diversity 2030"

These proposals were collaboratively developed by 50 young professionals on culture from 34 countries, each active members of civil society during the U40-World Forum (12-14 June 2009). These proposals are addressed to delegates from State Parties and Observers to the 2nd Conference of Parties (June 2009) to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

Download: “Proposals for Cultural Diversity 2030”


The U40-World Forum was the main part of the U40-Capacity Building Programme “Cultural Diversity 2030” (2008- 2010) initiated by the German Commission for UNESCO in 2007. As a pre-conference, the U40-World Forum has been held back-to-back with the Conference of Parties of the 2005-UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression in June 2009.

The U40-process offers young people Under 40 – postgraduates, PhD students, young professionals, and similarly qualified experts – the opportunity to participate in the international debate on Cultural Diversity and the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression.

Based on a worldwide Call for Contribution, posted under UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity and followed by a thorough international selection process, an excellent group of 50 very capable young participants from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Northern America and the Arabic Region has been identified.

The meeting in Paris was composed of the U40-World Forum (12-14 June 09) and the participation at to the 2nd Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Diversity for Cultural Expressions (15-16 June 09) which the participants attended as observers, registered through respective delegations of State Parties, intergovernmental organisations and/or NGOs. A "Chathamhouse conversation" on Cultural Diversity 2030 after the closing of the Conference of Parties at the UNESCO headquarters allowed to present the U40ies' work with the Convention and the "Proposals for a Cultural Diversity 2030".


The U40-World Forum was funded by the Spanish Ministry for Culture, Canadian Heritage, Catalan Government, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Canadian National Commission for UNESCO, Finnish National Commission for UNESCO, French Coalition for Cultural Diversity

In collaboration with and thanks to the support of: UNESCO, German Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, Interarts Foundation, Commonwealth Foundation, Asia Europe Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, UNESCO Office Bamako, UNESCO Office Abuja, German Foreign Office, Hungarian Ministry for Culture, Austrian National Commission for UNESCO, French National Commission for UNESCO, Canadian Delegation to UNESCO, Delegation of Côte d'Ivoire to UNESCO, Delegation of Nigeria to UNESCO, Delegation of Finland to UNESCO, Delegation of France to UNESCO, Delegation of Bangladesh to UNESCO, Netherlands Delegation to UNESCO, Delegation of Croatia to UNESCO, Delegation of Viet Nam to UNESCO, Delegation of Luxembourg to UNESCO, Delegation of China to UNESCO, Delegation of Brazil to UNESCO, Delegation of South Africa to UNESCO, European Commission, United Cities and Local Governments, International Network for Cultural Diversity, International Music Council, Traditions for Tomorrow, UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee.