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Canada/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP): On October 25, 2006, the government of Canada signed a funding agreement with the Global Centre for Pluralism, and in March 2007 CAD 30 million was provided for an endowment for this organisation. Subsequently, the government announced its intention to conclude a lease agreement with the Centre for the former site of the Canadian War Museum in downtown Ottawa. The Global Centre for Pluralism is a new not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, which addresses a global gap in institutions that research and teach about pluralism as a foundation for good governance, peace and human development. As a majority of the world's nations are comprised of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious communities, Canada's cultural and linguistic diversity offers practical lessons in managing diversity, reducing potential conflict and fostering inclusion.

World Urban Forum: The third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF), organised by UN-HABITAT and hosted by the government of Canada, was held in Vancouver, B.C., June 19-23, 2006. The Forum marked the 30th anniversary of the first United Nations Habitat Conference also held in Vancouver in 1976. The 2006 theme in WUF3 was sustainable cities, addressing social inclusion and cohesion, partnership and finance, and urban growth and the environment. Inclusiveness was recognised as an important feature of sustainability, identified as a "key means of deepening democracy and promoting citizen involvement and social cohesion." The Department of Canadian Heritage hosted a panel discussion entitled, "Ideas Into Action: The Cultural Basis of Sustainable Community Planning", which considered cultural vitality as an integral dimension of planning for sustainability alongside economic viability, environmental responsibility and social equity and a second panel discussion entitled, "Sport as a Tool for Social Cohesion and Development-Canadian Policy Responses", which considered domestic and international case studies to illustrate the value of sport as a tool for community development.  Following WUF2 in Barcelona in 2004, WUF3 sought to turn ideas into concrete actions for dealing with issues facing cities and the sharing of good practices and lessons learned around the world. WUF4 was held in Nanjing, China in 2008.

International Exhibitions: International exhibitions are defined by the Bureau international des expositions / International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) as a forum for the exchange of information which fosters better understanding amongst people. Canada has participated in international expositions since their inception in 1851. The Department of Canadian Heritage coordinates Canada's participation and plans for international expositions including, notably, Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain and Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Over the years, exposition themes have ranged from new technologies such as "Man and his World" at Canada's Expo'67 in Montreal to environmental relationships such as Expo'86 in Vancouver. The international expositions in Zaragoza focussed on water and sustainable development and the forthcoming exposition in Shanghai will focus on sustainable urban development and quality of life.

Chapter published: 24-11-2008

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