Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)

Department of Economic Development 

Ministerial Meetings

Inter-American Meetings of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities

The Inter-American Meetings of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities promote dialogue at the hemispheric level on the topic of culture within the political agenda. The Inter-American Committee on Culture follows up and implements the mandates of the Ministerial Meetings and the Summits of the Americas. Topics of discussion at these meetings have included: the role of culture in social development and economic integration and growth; preservation of cultural heritage; challenges of cultural industries; culture and indigenous peoples, etc. The Technical Secretariat which supports both the Meetings of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities and the Inter-American Committee on Culture is the Department of Economic and Social Development.

The Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities was held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on August 12 and 13, 2014.

This Culture Ministerial Meeting was an excellent opportunity to strengthen cooperation and exchange views on the proposed central theme Cultural Interdependence in the Context of Globalization, and focused on the following three sub-themes:

- Cultural entrepreneurship: A tool for innovation and social inclusion;

- Local development through culture; and

- Strengthening inter-sectoral linkages: tourism and culture

Each sub-theme had panelists from government, private sector, academia and other subject matter experts.

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The Fifth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities took place at OAS Headquarters, Washington D.C. on November 9 and 10, 2011. The theme of the meeting was Culture, common denominator for integral development.

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The Fourth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities took place on November 20 and 21, 2008 in Bridgetown, Barbados. In this occasion ministerial discussion centered on the topic: "The Economy of Culture in the Americas: A Path to Sustainable Growth and Social Inclusion".

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The Third Ministerial Meeting was held on November 13 - 15, 2006 in Montreal, Canada and it focused on four main topics:

- Preservation and presentation of cultural heritage

- Culture and the creation of decent jobs and the overcoming of poverty. 

- Culture and the enhancement of the dignity and identity of our people. 

- Culture and the role of indigenous peoples.

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The Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities took place in Mexico City on August 23 - 24, 2004. On that occasion discussion focused on the place that culture occupies in social development and economic integration in the Americas. Regarding this question, Ministers analyzed and discussed three main topics:

- Culture as an engine for economic growth, employment and development

- Challenges faced by cultural industries.

- Culture as a tool of social cohesion and fight against poverty.

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The First Meeting was called in response to a mandate from the Summit of the Americas of Quebec, and was held on July 12 - 13, 2002 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This meeting brought to fruition OAS Member States' desire to create a common space that would allow them to establish priorities and hemispheric plans of action within the field of culture.

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