May 092014

Following the advice of Jacques Lemaire, aita/iata Hon President and aita/iata representative in UNESCO, aita/iata has signed this petition which has been sent to all NGO’s in official partnership with UNESCO and who are active in culture.

The word ‘culture’ was completely absent from the ‘Millennium Development Goals’ adopted by the UN in 2000. Continue reading »

Apr 162014

Starting in 2012, UNESCO declared the fourth week of May as International Arts Education Week. 

This year, the organisation CICLO – an international arts education project taking place in Rio, Brazil, Denmark, St Petersburg, Russia and Cape Town, South Africa – aims to give school children the competences to handle the enormous amounts of changes that are going to happen in the world in the decades to come and in the children’s lifetime.

Information about their work during International Arts Education Week is on their website HERE

Secretariat aita/iata

Mar 052014

The Secretariat of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) has announced that the call for project proposals for 2014 is now open.

The call is open to:

(a) public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation;

(b) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit private bodies whose objectives are in conformity with those of the Fund and whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation;

(c) individuals, particularly artists and creators.

The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2014 at noon CET.

Further information can be found on the website, by clicking on:

Applicants are advised to read the Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying:

Secretariat aita/iata

Jan 182013

The Section for NGOs’ (Non Governmental Organisations) at the UN held a meeting on 12 – 14 December 2012 which was attended by aita/iata French Speaking Secretary Jacques Lemaire.

This Conference gathered 129 non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and about 300 participants. Moreover, some Member States of UNESCO and other NGOs also attended the Conference as observers.

Jacques Lemaire reported that he participated actively in the debates and that aita/iata is now known to the 129 NGO’s present in the room (some NGO had 2, even 3  representatives attending) and there were some observers from the member states. Officially there were more than 300 people in the room at the most important moments.

Although he just missed being elected, he was not really disappointed given the final composition of the Liaison Committee: he will attend most of the open meetings during 2013.

He will cooperate with members of the Committee over the question of visas and he was particularly pleased to get a resolution passed nearly unanimously calling on the new President of the liaison committee to address the French ambassador to find a solution to facilitate visas for African and South-American. This was warmly welcomed by the African delegations and ensured Jacques’ popularity  with them.

Otherwise most of the discussions were about very wide philosophical debates regarding education, human rights, gender equality, culture at large. aita/iata was one of only 2 NGOs speaking on artistic matters (the other was the Council for Musical education). ITI (Petya HRITOVA) was also present and assured Jacques of her support.

Below are the following relevant documents:

Liste des participants CIONG 2012 (French)


Contribution CIONG C4-C5 finale EN

Resolution 2012 finale EN

Those documents are online at the following English link: here and in French here


Jacques Lemaire attending the NGO Meeting at the UN December 2012

Jacques Lemaire attending the NGO Meeting at the UN December 2012









View from the aita/iata desk at UN NGO Conference Dec 2012

View from the aita/iata desk at UN NGO Conference Dec 2012