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<font color="#7D4A3C"><strong>Asia-Pacific Creative Communities: A Strategy for the 21st Century, Senior Expert Symposium</strong></font>

22-26 February 2005
Nagaur, Rajasthan, India


UNESCO Bangkok, in particular its Culture Unit, in collaboration with INTACH jointly convened the "Senior Expert Symposium: Asia-Pacific Creative Communities: A Strategy for the 21st Century" with UNIDO, WIPO, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.


The goal of the symposium was to define a comprehensive policy framework for cultural industry development as a strategy for poverty reduction and social development. It also aimed to draw up a 10-year Plan of Action that will support the development of the sector, especially those in less developed economies of the Asia and the Pacific region.


Mr. Ko-Chih Tung, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Regional Advisor for Asia Pacific and AIMS chief, represented the UIS at the symposium. He participated in a regional discussion to pilot project a proposal for data collection and analysis aimed at monitoring activities and the impact of policies on cultural industries.


Mr. Ko-Chih Tung speaking during the symposium.

The five-day symposium took place at the Maharaja of Marwar-Jodhpur’s ancestral Ahhichatragarh Fort Palace in Nagaur, Rajasthan, India.


Participants to the symposium in a group photo.

Participants were a selected group of 80 artists, economists, business leaders and public sector decision-makers from the region, all of whom were acknowledged experts in their fields with the capacity to impact on policies related to cultural industries.

Some of the participants, including Mr. Ko-Chih Tung (second from the right) listen to a speaker during the symposium.

A key outcome from the symposium was the Jodhpur Consensus, a statement and call to action issued at the end of the event. More importantly, the Jodhpur Consensus also included a 10-year Plan of Action that covers proposals for five key technical assistance activities in the region.


UNESCO’s AIMS Unit, primarily through Mr. Tung, will also be directly involved in the implementation of a regional data collection model for the establishment of baseline data related to the socio-economic development potential of cultural industries in specific countries.




For more information, email UNESCO Bangkok's Culture Unit at or the AIMS Unit at bkk.aims[at]