Report of the Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Seminar

Zulma Yugar

Summary by Olivia Cadaval and Peter Seitel

The Latin American and Caribbean Seminar met in a historical context shaped by evolving UNESCO policies on intangible cultural heritage and by political and social change in the countries in the area, and on a global scale, by the transformation of socialist countries, rapid technological development, and a globalizing world economy that has led to globalization of culture. The increasing participation of indigenous and peasant groups in cultural policy discussions is also an important development.

Based on responses to the questionnaire circulated by UNESCO about the application of the 1989 Recommendation, the seminar defined four principal problem areas:

These areas formed the basis for discussions, which resulted in the following recommendations to UNESCO:

Recommendations to Member States included the following:

In Bolivia work has begun to establish a national folklore council and laws to protect traditional expressions from plagiary and misrepresentation. The author thanks UNESCO and collaborating organizations and looks forward to concrete projects in which she is sure Bolivia will play an important role.