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Iberoamerican Section

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 19:30

International Cultural Cooperation. Cultural relations in Ibero-America

With the contributions of:

Alfons Martinell Sempere, Director of the UNESCO Chair: Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona

Presents: Enrique Bustamante, Professor at UCM

In charge of welcoming guests: Tomás Mallo, Ibero-American Section of the Atheneum of Madrid 

Estafeta Hall                                                                        Calle del Prado 21

Alfons Martinell, Director of the UNESCO Chair: Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona, is also the Co-director of the Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Development and Culture with headquarters in Colombia and Spain. He served as the Director General of Cultural and Scientific Relations in the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), connected to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), between the years 2004 and 2008, when he drove the preparation of the Culture and Development Strategy of the Spanish Cooperation (2007). Expert in Culture and Development Cooperation and Cultural Policies. He has published different works in the fields of cultural management, cultural policies, culture and development and international cultural cooperation. He has lectured as a professor in different Universities in Spain, Europe and Latin America and has directed projects of cultural cooperation in international institutions. For more information regarding his life and his works, you can visit the page

This contribution comes from the fact that actual reality has generated a very significant change in international cultural cooperation. All types of cultural actors are taking on a few different situations as a result of the absence of public policies at the local, national and multilateral levels. In this context, it is necessary to reposition the perspectives, the focus and the models of management in order to answer these new necessities. Apart from actual references and historical records, the conference will launch a few critical reflections regarding the contemporary situation and the prospective presentation of future scenarios to take on the management of a new frame of international cultural cooperation.


Forum of Cultural Policies for the Development of Cartagena and Bolívar

Following the successful preparatory meeting, which was marked by the participation of more than 90 cultural actors in Cartagena and which resulted in the diagnosis of the main cultural problems in the city and the Department, the first Forum on Cultural Policies for the Development of Cartagena and Bolívar took place on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Alfons Martinell participated in the Forum within the scope of the conferences Pensar Cultura. The meeting took place in the Training Center of the Spanish Cooperation with the goal of opening spaces of reflection regarding the conceiving, the execution and the diverse impacts of cultural policies adopted at a national, departmental and municipal scale and their influence on Bolivarian territories and populations.

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Culture at the center of debates: cultural rights in society

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

What importance do cultural rights have in the current context? Led by researcher Patrice Meyer-Bisch of the Fribourg University, we will have an introduction to reflections on the principals that govern the philosophy of rights at the international level to analyze how they are being defined at the European level and what role social actors can currently play.

In these talks, the importance of culture in the defense of human rights and its ties with pedagogical and/or social dimensions will be emphasized.

Timetable: 10-13h

Venue: Parc Científic i Tecnològic Edifici Casademontc/ Pic de Peguera, 15 17003 – Girona – Spain 

+34 972418010


The work session is free. Limited capacity, it is necessary to confirm your participation by sending a mail to:

Patrice Meyer-Bisch is the Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Democracy since 1998, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Ethics and Human Rights and Professor of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). PhD in Philosophy at the University of Fribourg on the indivisibility of human rights. His research is focused on cultural and human rights as well as on the philosophy of international law.

He is one of the chief promoters of the Fribourg Group, consisting of experts and non-governmental organizations that wrote up the Fribourg Declaration on Cultural Rights (2007). Since 2004, with the establishment of the Observatory of Diversity and Cultural Rights, an important task in the analysis into the state of cultural rights in the regions of Magreb, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe has developed.

He is the author of books on cultural rights listed below:  L’enfant témoin et sujet. Les droits culturels de l’enfant (2012) & Déclarer les droits culturels: Commentaire de la Déclaration de Fribourg (2010).


L+ID in the European Chair os Universidad del Norte

The Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Development and Culture (L + ID) will be presented in the Medición y valoración del desarrollo cultural symposium, which will be carried out by the Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla) this Thursday, March 20th, within the scope of the eighteenth version of the European Chair.

Alfons Martinell Sempere, Professor and Researcher at the University of Girona and the Co-director of L + ID, will start the day with the conference The Impacts of Culture on Development. The Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Technological University of Bolívar, Daniel Toro González and the Director of the Cartagena Hub of L + iD, Aaron Espinosa Espinosa will also be present at the Chair.

Despite the recent interest in studies regarding development and culture, in which L + ID is the leader in the Caribbean region and the country, the subjects, methodology and diagnostics in Colombia are barely being explored. Thus, the Chair will bring together a group of experts that have contributed to changing the perspective of cultural elements in their contexts.

In the event, a first approach towards the diagnostics of the country will be presented, which will serve to establish comparative data with other countries and to acquire a more global perspective.

Conference speakers and themes

Alfons Martinell Sempere. University of Girona. (Spain). The Impacts of Culture on Development.

Alfredo Manevy. Ministry of Culture. (Brazil). Cultural Management and the Role of the State.

Paulina Soto Labbé. Patrimonia Consultores SA. (Chile). Measuring to Assess the Cultural Elements in Development.

María Claudia Parias. Ministry of Culture. (Colombia). Diagnostics of the Cultural Development of Colombia: Conceptualization, Methodology and Future Challenges.


Coordination and the name of the event: European Chair / The Measurement and Assessment of Cultural Development.

Date and time: March 20, 2014 / 08:30-12:30

Venue: Universidad del Norte, Km.5 Vía Puerto Colombia.

Coordinator: David Luquetta Cediel •


Study into the Cultural Sector of Girona

Commissioned by the Council Office of Girona, the Unesco Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona worked in the definition and studied the map of the cultural sector of the regions of Girona. The objective of the study was to evaluate the weight and distribution of the equipments, infrastructure, and, above all, the agents that make it possible to have the cultural dynamism, which, today, can evidently be seen, but for which we do not have measurements or reliable indicators. 

Through the use of surveys, interviews, concrete case studies and group work with the agents implied, we tried to define the cultural sector in the regions of Girona, their specific dynamics, the image that they project and their perception by the citizens. The study, from a quantitative, economic and social perspective, intended to serve as a basis for future actions and public policies as well as the design of territorial development strategies directed towards the culture.

The study was delivered in January 2010.

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