Minister of Culture in Paris: Culture is the Foundation of Every Society


2019 11 19


On 19 November, the Forum of Ministers of Culture of UNESCO member states was held in Paris, where discussions took place on the role of culture in the pursuit of sustainable development goals and on culture and cultural heritage as the driving force of change.

One of the discussions of this forum, “Investing in culture and creativity for sustainable development and employment”, was attended by the Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, who underlined that culture is the foundation of every society, providing the meaning to our actions.

“Culture is horizonal in and of itself: it can help one establish dialogue, present a creative solution, enable creativity, create jobs, promote a more sustainable way of life. Culture can have an effect on the kind of solutions we make, it is the driving force of sustainable development, like a mediator between environmental, social, and economic aims”, Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas said during the discussion. According to him, it is important to fortify the role of culture not just at the political level but also in the strategies and plans that implement this policy.

This forum of ministers of culture was a part of the 40th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. The forum was attended by over 140 ministers of culture and other high-ranking officials. The General Conference of UNESCO is the highest management body of this organisation and consists of representatives from 193 member states.

The Minister of Culture visited the Pompidou Centre in Paris, where he discussed cooperation opportunities with the management of the institution.

On 20 November, Kvietkauskas will also take part in the tripartite meeting of the ministers of culture of the Baltic States. In the meeting, he will discuss the publishing of the works by the winners of the Baltic Assembly Prize in literature and the next year’s conference in Vilnius dedicated to the tradition of Song Festivals. Other initiatives of the actively developed tripartite collaboration will also be discussed.

As the year of the Vilna Gaon and Lithuanian Jewish History is approaching, a meeting is planned at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris, where ideas will be shared regarding the planned joint events.