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Ukraine/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

One of the top priorities of state policy is to promote the integration of the Ukraine in a European and global cultural context, particularly, as the Coalition Agreement states, to promote Ukrainian the national cultural product to the European and global cultural space, collaborating with international organisations. Such priorities were defined also in the Law of Ukraine on Culture (Chapter 1. Basic Provisions, Article 3: "to promote Ukrainian national culture in all its diversity abroad and the global cultural achievements in Ukraine"; (Chapter 3, International Cultural Relations, Article 32) "The State shall provide international cultural exchange and collaboration between culture institutions, creative workers, Ukrainian cultural workers and their partners" (see also chapter 2.3).

Different instruments are used to reach this aim: participation in and organisation of international festivals, exhibitions, seminars, artistic tours, days and years of culture, etc. It should be important to mention new examples of this promotion as a way to address the latest challenges in Ukraine. In 2014-2015, numerous international artistic events and / or tours have been and are aimed at gathering money to support fighters in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone. For example, the Kyiv music group TaRuta held a European one-month tour starting on 13 Febraury 2015, performing in Baltic countries and Poland together with their partners, SKYLE (LT), Skyforger (LV), Trubetskoy (BY) and Piotr KARPIENIA (PL), organising their own concerts in different cities and art events, including the charitable auction of art pieces by Ukrainian and Lithuanian artists.

Ukraine is a member of such international organisations as the Council of Europe, UNESCO (see below), CIS (see below), Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, GUAM and OSCE, taking part in different international programmes and projects at official level. For example, Intercultural Cities, COMUS, Eastern Partnership, Creative Europe (since 2015).  

By 2015, active collaboration is developed with 59 countries (84 actual bilateral agreements). On 13 September 2013, the Law of Ukraine on ratification of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society was approved and entered into force.

The Ministry of Culture takes part in approximately 30 bilateral intergovernmental committees. Besides, the Ministry of Culture is a coordinator of several international commissions and sub-committees in the area of cooperation between Ukraine and China, Poland, Germany, Romania, Slovak Republic, and the Hungarian Republic.

The Agreement on Association with the EU (2014), envisages, inter alia, the development of intercultural dialogue between individuals, organisations representing civil society and cultural institutions. It should be mentioned that special training course concerning the implementation of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue "Living Together as Equals in Dignity" was organised by the Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Council of Europe. The training course ran from March - November 2012 and consisted of three workshops dedicated to the following topics: Democratic citizenship and participation; Role of culture and education in learning intercultural competences; Spaces for intercultural dialogue. Participants involved in the training course were cultural managers and operators, representatives of public and non-governmental cultural organisations, local media, universities as well as international experts on intercultural dialogue and democratic governance. Ukrainian participants passing the training course received special certificates signed by the representatives of the Council of Europe, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Development Centre "Democracy through Culture".

On 20 January 2010, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions after wide public discussion and public approval (see also above and chapter 3.4.3). In 2014, Ukraine submitted the regular report on the 4-year implementation of the Convention prepared by the Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. On 5 March 2015, an international conference on the Convention - practical results in the world during the 10 years since its approval and 5 years of its ratification by Ukraine was conducted in Kyiv, organised by the Ministry of Culture and the Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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