Fostering international cooperation through bilateral agreements
Cyprus has signed bilateral agreements with many countries (developed and developing) with the aim of cooperating in the fields of education, culture and the sciences. In order to implement these Agreements, the Cultural Services are responsible for drafting and implementing the provisions related to cultural cooperation and cultural exchanges of Cyprus with the contracting country (the implementation of the provisions concerning the cooperation on cultural heritage issues are promoted by another Ministry). In recent years, the Agreements signed between Cyprus and other countries include an explicit reference to the 2005 Convention. More specifically there is a special Article which stipulates that: “Both Parties emphasize the importance of the UNESCO convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and encourage bilateral cooperation in order to facilitate the implementation of these Conventions.” In this context, there are also specific clauses in the bilateral agreements that refer to the safeguarding of cultural diversity in the digital era and the exchange of artists and experts.
This measure aims at promoting cooperation among signatory parties, especially with respect to the exchange of expertise in cultural policy aspects as well as the development of cultural projects. Bilateral agreements are signed both with developed and developing countries, thus contributing in capacity building, training and transfer of knowledge in diverse cultural expressions.
Bilateral cultural agreements signed between Cyprus and other countries aim at strengthening links between the contracting parties for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and cooperation. Furthermore, cultural professionals have the opportunity to strengthen their capacities through exchanges and through sharing of information on best practices. Another expected result is the dissemination and enjoyment of diverse cultural expressions both for artists and audiences of the contracting parties.