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drs. Rodolphe E. Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and delegation participate in UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development, MONDIACULT 2022

drs. Rodolphe E. Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport attended the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development, MONDIACULT 2022, which took place from 28 to 30 September 2022 in Mexico. Minister Samuel and a delegation, which comprised of Ms. Clara Reyes, Head of the Department of Culture, and Marcellia Henry, Secretary General for St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, participated in the global policy dialogue on key priorities for public cultural policies for the coming decade and how these policies should adapt to contemporary challenges: sustainable development in particular, but also the digital transformation.

At the conference, Minister Samuel gave an intervention on the topic: The future of the creative economy.  In his speech, he discussed how the creative economy can open a number of opportunities in terms of employment, in particular for young people, foster innovation and creativity, and the development of sustainable cultural tourism on St. Maarten.  Minister Samuel talked about the importance of investing in culture education and ensuring our culture professionals acquire new skills in the digitalization. He also expressed St. Maarten’s full support of the Consolidated Draft Final Declaration, which the St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO and the Department of Culture will incorporate aspects of the Declaration into St. Maarten’s existing cultural policies.

Please see attached the complete speech delivered by drs. Rodolphe E. Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development, MONDIACULT 2022.

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Clara Reyes, Head of the Department of Culture, drs. Rodolphe E. Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Marcellia Henry, Secretary General for St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO
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