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Towards More Sustainable Development II

Multilateral organisations and cultural relations in the 2030 agenda and beyond

2 Nov 2023
10:00 – 18:30 CET
online via Zoom

The ICRRA Conference 2023 will take place on October 30th and November 2nd. To the programme on October 30th.

About the Conference

Culture and international cultural relations are integral to global efforts to tackle the interconnected challenges of sustainable development.

The 2023 ICRRA conference focuses on the role that cultural relations can play in supporting multilateral and regional organisations to deliver – and think beyond – the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

International collaboration is an essential precondition to address global challenges and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, there are still states, regions, communities and local actors who feel underrepresented in the negotiations being held on supra-national conventions. Access to finance and other means of SDG implementation are bound to political power structures which have evolved from colonial legacies.

Is there a common global understanding of multilateralism? Are different regional organisations working towards similar or diverse goals and objectives? What does this mean for the challenge of fulfilling and negotiating common agendas? What are the implications of the rapid development of AI and other technological advances?

On day 2 of the 2023 ICRRA conference, we will address these questions and explore how multilateral organisations could be working with other international, supra-national and global civil society organisations and influencers on the local level. And by the means of case studies of cultural relations in action around the world, we’ll showcase what works (and what does not) when it comes to supporting more inclusive practices.

Programme outline on November 2nd

Thursday, 02. Nov 2023
10:00 - 11:30

Understandings of multilateralism in different regional contexts

Thomas Legler, Mandi Rukuni, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Panel discussion II

  • Is there a common global understanding of multilateralism? Are different regional organisations working towards similar or diverse goals and objectives? What does this mean for the practice of fulfilling and negotiating common agendas?
  • Seeking to explore, understand, discuss perspectivity, politics of perception and perception of politics, how interregional cleavages might hinder delivering of SDGs on the one hand and how bridges for better cooperation could be built on the other.

Moderator: Ximena Zapata

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Thursday, 02. Nov 2023
14:00 - 15:30

Gaps in representation

Benjamin Milton Hampe, Geetika Khanduja, Federico Lenzerini, Mercè Monje Cano, Karalyn Monteil

Panel discussion III

  • How should multilateral organisations be working with other international, supra-national as well as global civil society organisations and influencers (including global multinational commercial organisations and other existing powers beyond national states)?
  • Who participates in these discussions and what are gaps in representation? What is the role of multilateral organisations in ensuring more inclusive practices?
  • What are the implications of the rapid development of AI and other technological advances? How should multilateral organisations be responding to this?

Moderator: Carla Figueira

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Thursday, 02. Nov 2023
17:00 - 18:30

The role of cultural relations: case studies from around the world

Luis-Javier Capote-Pérez, Magda Janiszewska, Nikki Locke, Kimani Njogu, Ian Thomas, Manojna Yeluri

Case studies and panel discussion IV

Short 15 mins presentations of case studies followed by discussion.

Featuring case studies of ICR programmes and projects to consider how local or regional development practices might be sustained and evolve beyond 2030

  • To showcase the plurality of approaches to Cultural Relations and sustainable development that exist around the world
  • To consider how the SDGs have been internalised into local or regional development practices by sharing case studies
  • To consider how these local or regional development practices might be sustained beyond 2030 and evolve independently of a successor to the SDGs global framework

Moderator: Anita Budziszewska

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Panelists

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Luis-Javier Capote-Pérez

Civil Law Lecturer

Luis-Javier Capote-Pérez holds a PhD in Law and is Civil Law Lecturer at the University of La Laguna, Teneriffa/Spain. He was visiting professor at the Universitiy of Sassari (Italy) and Opole (Poland) where he is Member of the UNESCO Cultural Chair "Cultural Property Law". Furthermore, he is a member of the "Francisco Tomás y Valiente" Cultural Cathedra of the University of La Laguna and alternate judge at the Provincial Court of Appeal of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Benjamin Milton Hampe

Project Director at the ASEAN Foundation

Benjamin Hampe‘s work with the „Association of Southeast Asian Nations“ (ASEAN) started in 2017 when he organised ASEAN's 50-year anniversary exhibition at the ASEAN Gallery in Jakarta. He went on to provide strategic planning, curatorial, and training services for the ASEAN Community Relations Division. In 2020 he was appointed as Project Director of KONNECT ASEAN, a USD 2 million development project supported by the Republic of Korea and the ASEAN Foundation’s flagship arts programme. 

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Magda Janiszewska

Youth Project and MEAL-Analyst

Magda Janiszewska, originally from Poland, has a background in Psychology from the University of East London and a master’s degree in Migration, Mobility, and Development from SOAS, University of London. Previously she worked with the British Refugee Council as an Integration Adviser, and at the University of the Arts, London as a Student Adviser. She also worked with organizations such as British Red Cross, Age UK and Old Alleynians Rugby club. Currently, she serves as a youth project and MEAL analyst with UNDP's regional youth team, focusing on monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and project coordination.

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Geetika Khanduja

Project officer

Geetika Khanduja is Project Officer at „Southern Voice“, a renowned network of think tanks from the Global South. She possesses diverse expertise in research, public policy and project management spanning across national and international development sectors. Her academic journey is marked by a multidisciplinary background- holding degrees in mechanical engineering, public policy and an MPhil in inclusive policies.

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Thomas Legler

Research Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

Thomas Legler  is Research Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Level II. His research has focused on regional governance and institutions in Latin America. He is currently preparing a book project on the rise of inter-presidentialism as Latin America’s dominant mode of regional governance.

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Federico Lenzerini

Professor for International Law and Human Rights

Dr Federico Lenzerini is Ph.D. of International Law and Full Professor of Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at the University of Siena (Italy). He is Consultant to UNESCO (Paris) and has been Counsel to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international negotiations related to cultural heritage.

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Nikki Locke

Senior Relationship Manager, British Council

Nikki Locke is Senior Relationship Manager on Culture Responds at the British Council and has over 15 years' experience in developing and delivering cultural programmes in the UK and internationally. She led the Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth project which explored the integration of cultural heritage into local communities. Nikki is also co-author of the Heritage for Inclusive Growth report in collaboration with RSA and the British Council. She previously was managing programmes and festivals and strategies in the North East of England aiming to increase local engagement and ownership in the arts and heritages. This included East Durham Creates, a project funded by Arts Council England as part of the 'Creative People and Places' programme.

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Mercè Monje Cano

Secretary General of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Mercè Monje Cano is the Secretary General of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. She has extensive experience working in civil society organizations, NGOs, and international organizations in several countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Mali, Italy, Spain, France, and Switzerland.

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Karalyn Monteil

UNESCO

Karalyn Monteil is the Head of Programmes & Stakeholders Outreach for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity in the UNESCO Culture Sector. She has extensive experience working in developing and post-conflict countries supporting historic and cultural preservation; national culture strategies, policies, and legislation; museums; the cultural and creative industries; and intangible cultural heritage.

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Kimani Njogu

Excutive Director of Twaweza Communications in Nairobi

Kimani Njogu is Excutive Director of Twaweza Communications Limited in Nairobi. Twaweza Communications works in the areas of public policy, media and culture for sustainable development. Kimani Njogu holds a PhD in Linguistics from Yale University and has taught at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He has published widely on art, culture and politics.

A selection of books:

  • Black Orwell: Essays on the Scholarship of Ali A. Mazrui (ed.). Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ 2018
  • Youth and Peaceful Elections in Kenya (ed.). Twaweza Communications, 2013
  • Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Towards Inclusive Development in Kenya (ed.). Twaweza Communications, 2013
  • Media and Identity in Africa (ed.). Edinburgh University Press 2009

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Mandi Rukuni

Agricultural Economist

Prof Mandi Rukuni is the author of “Being Afrikan and Leading Afrika” (Penguin) as well as several works on agricultural issues such as land tenure and food security. He is founder and trustee of the Barefoot Educational Trust for Afrika (BEAT) and former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Environment and Food Systems at the University of Zimbabwe.

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Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Economist

Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA). He currently is a member of the Board and Bureau of South Asians for Human Rights and a member of the Board of the South Asia Regional Office of Amnesty International.

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Manojna Yeluri

Regional Representative for the PEN America-Programm Artists at Risk

Manojna Yeluri is the Asia Regional Representative for PEN America's Artists at Risk Connection program. She is also the founder of ' Artistik License ' and co-founder of the initiative 'Contracts for Creators'. Manojna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Rights Law from the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, USA.

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Moderators

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Anita Budziszewska

Political Scientist

Anita Budziszewska is a lecturer and member of the Department of Diplomacy and International Institution at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is currently a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Holder at the University of Geneva, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy (2023/2024) and a Swiss based Annelise and Mieczysław Koćwin Foundation Scholarship Holder (2023/2024).

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Carla Figueira

Academic and Consultant

Carla Figueira is an academic and consultant in the field of international cultural relations and creative industries. She did her PhD on external language spread policies in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau at City University London, with a Praxis XXI Scholarship.

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Ximena Zapata

Researcher

Ximena Zapata is a researcher in the fields of global political economy and international relations with a focus on Latin America. She is a PhD researcher in Political Science at the University of Hamburg and the GIGA Institute, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from FLACSO-Ecuador. Her research interests include cultural diplomacy, political economy of development, regionalism, and China’s engagement in Latin America.  

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The conference language is English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

This programme follows Day 1 of the conference on 30 October 2023.

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Researchers and practitioners exchange views on questions of international cultural relations through the International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA) network. The network sees itself as a bridge builder between practical cultural work, academic reflection, policy advice and the media. It supports the transfer of research-based knowledge into politics and society and promotes evidence-based discourse. Find out more on the ifa website.

Contact

Dr. Christina Buck-Rieder

Project Coordinator Dialogue and Research Culture and Foreign Policy

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.123