The term “multilateral concerns of international cultural policy” refers to that area of international cultural policy activity that focuses on cultural affairs in the context of international organisations like UNESCO, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) and international networks, such as the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).
Main areas of multilateral international cultural policy activity:
Since 2 November 2011 Austria has been a member of the UNESCO Executive Board, the organisation’s senior governing body. In this function Austria works committedly towards the implementation of the priorities it has set in the fields of human rights education, the improvement of education worldwide and dialogue among cultures.
Regarding the European Union (EU), multilateral international cultural policy makes a key contribution to the culture’s increasingly important role with respect to the EU’s external relations. Central issues in this context are the EU’s cultural policy response to the developments in the Arab region and the EU’s intercultural dialogue with China. One of the EU institutions’ most important partners in implementing the European Agenda for Culture is the Network of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). Austria is a member of the EUNIC Global that also plays a most active role in promoting the Union’s multilateral cultural activities.