“sustainable development”

New ISO standard for the event industry

Geneva, 16 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). ISO has just published a new standard to help organisers of major events – whether linked to sports, commerce, culture, and politics – to incorporate sustainable development into their activities. Setting up of the standard will enable all events to leave behind a positive legacy. The standard is useful to all members of the event industry: organisers, event managers, builders and service providers. These events often have negative consequences, specifically social or environmental impacts. To fight against these impacts, ISO set up a framework to identify, remove and reduce them. This standard was set up in collaboration with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. David Stubbs, head of Sustainability, explained in the ISO 20121 press release: “London 2012 is proud to have been the catalyst for ISO 20121. This is a piece of legacy with the potential to transform how events around the world consider their economic, environmental and social impacts.” The standard takes the approach, based on management systems, known by thousands of organisations thanks to the success of standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). This new ISO 20121 standard was designed by the event industry for the event industry in order to improve practices concerning ecology, environment, to enable a rationalisation of general expenses and to ensure that the reputation of those events improve: “Using a recognized international framework will enable leaders in sustainability to demonstrate their actions in a credible and transparent way.” With the multiplication of art fairs and regular cultural events, organisers may feel affected by this new...

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Announcement of 17 Cultural Projects to be financed by UNESCO

Paris, 18 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has announced which projects were approved for financing during 2011. Created in 2005 by the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the aim of the IFCD is the promotion of sustainable development and the reduction of poverty by supporting the cultural sector of developing countries. The projects to be funded are as follows : $97,250 to Academia Group, Serbian NGO, for a project to support 150 entrepreneurs from the poorest regions of the country; $85,000 to ACTED, Tadjik NGO, to promote the diversification of music in Tajikistan, through providing support material and in order to finance musicians; $100,000 to the Association of Musical Entrepeneurs from Barbados, to finance their participation to a convention in United States and to support the promotion of Caribbean musicians within the American public; $80,000 to Bal’lame, Nigerian NGO, for the training of 20 artists and culture professionals, to support the rights of the media in order to strengthen the development of the cultural life in Nigeria; $10,000 to the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO, to fund the organisation of a consultation in order to revise and update the cultural politics of the country; $65,000 to the Mozambican National Commission for UNESCO, to raise awareness of cultural activities amongst the youth of three isolated regions of Mozambique, and for the training of local cultural professionals; $99,023 to the Zimbabwean Cultural Fund, for the carrying out of a statistical study of the cultural industries in Harare; $99,550 to the African 30 group, Senegalese NGO, for the creation of a mobile educational facility, responsable for the training of cultural politics managers in the use of modern technologies; $81,000 to the Harlequin Foundation, a South African NGO,...

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