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Cultural Diversity
Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

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Date:  6/21/2011 

Barbados, as Vice Chair of the OAS Inter-American Committee on Culture, participated in the drafting of paragraph 44 of the Declaration of Port of Spain.

Cultural Diversity- Activities in Relation to the OAS Inter-American Committee on Culture

The Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC) serves as a forum for discussion at the technical - policy level for matters of Culture. It comprises representatives from Ministries of Culture and highest appropriate authorities of OAS Member States. Its main function is to coordinate and to monitor the implementation of the mandates of the Declarations and Plans of Action of the Ministerial Meetings on Culture, as well as of
those that emanate from the Summits of the Americas. The Technical Secretariat of CIC is the Office of Education and Culture of the OAS.

a) Barbados, as Vice Chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture (CIC), has been intimately involved in the formulation and the implementation of the Work Plan of the CIC.

b) Barbados hosted the Fourth Meeting of Inter-American American Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities in November, 2008.

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

c) Barbados is signatory to all of the UNESCO Cultural Conventions, including the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

d) The Preservation of Antiquities and Relics Bill will be enacted before the end of 2011.

e) The Cultural Industries Development Bill should be enacted within the next five months.

f) Barbados is seeking the inscription of "Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison" on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The final decision on this nomination will be taken at the Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in June, 2011.

g) It is also proposed to restore the Carnegie Library. In 1904, Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated a grant to sponsor the construction of a dedicated free library in Barbados. Carnegie's grants established free libraries in the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Australasia, and the Caribbean and were part of his global, transnational efforts to promote free public access to knowledge and ideas. The building, located on Coleridge Street, is one of six Carnegie libraries established in the Caribbean. In 1906, the Carnegie Library was the first of his public libraries outside of North America and the United Kingdom to open to the public. It is a coral stone building built in the
English Renaissance style. The Library is now part of the National Library Service (established 1985), which is a major repository for Barbadiana print and non-print documents dating to the 18th century.

h) The "Steel Shed" in Queen's Park in Bridgetown has been restored. This building played a critical role in the building of a modern Barbados and was the place where many voices were heard for the first time. The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, National Hero delivered some of his very important addresses at
that location. It is recorded that the late Marcus Garvey spoke to a mammoth crowd in the Steel Shed in 1937. The Steel Shed also housed the meetings of the Moyne Commission, the entity set up to evaluate the causes and effects of the social unrest in the British Caribbean during the 1930s. This building therefore became a critical cultural space in which Barbadians were able to give voice to their aspirations for their families and their nation.

i) Barbados continues to contribute to the preservation of our intangible heritage. One of the ways in which this is done is by an annual contribution to the on-going work of the Caribbean Lexicography Programme of the University of the West Indies. This programme seeks to document and to provide details on the nation languages (dialects) of the region.
Paragraphs: 44 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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