The cultural network Les Arts et la Ville launched its Cultural Action Strategy (only in French), a new awareness-raising project aiming to promote the Agenda 21 for culture in Quebec (Canada).
The new United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms Karima Bennoune, invites all relevant actors to contribute to a consultation on the intentional destruction of cultural heritage as a violation of human and cultural rights.
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) released a publication on the essential contribution of libraries to development in the context of the UN 2030 Agenda.
The Committee on Culture of United and Local Governments (UCLG) regrets the recent decision to dismantle the Ministry of Culture in Brazil. Over the past few years, the federal Ministry has played a very significant role in strengthening the governance of culture in Brazil, in close cooperation with state and local governments, thus contributing to innovation in cultural policy and the exercise of cultural rights by citizens. The Committee on Culture of UCLG endorses the statement published by the National Forum of Local Secretaries and Directors for Culture from Capitals and Metropolitan Regions, and calls for the reinstatement of the Ministry of Culture.
On 21 may, the Brazilian government announced the reinstatement of a Ministry of Culture in Brazil.
The City of Belo Horizonte and its Municipal Cultural Foundation (FMC) organised the first World Forum on Artistical and Cultural Training (26-29 April 2016).