Coordinating culture across sectors
In June 2010, the Advisory Panel on Cultural Diversity was established at the Austrian Commission for UNESCO (pursuant to Article 18 of the ÖUK statutes) to guide the work of the national point of contact and support the coordination of the “cross-sectoral material" culture within Austria. The advisory panel contributes towards implementing Article 13 of the Convention in Austria.
Article 13 – Integrating culture into sustainable development: The Parties to the Convention are striving to integrate culture into all levels of their policies in order to create conditions conducive to sustainable development. In doing so, they also aim to encourage factors relating to the protection and promotion of diversity of cultural expressions.
The role of the advisory panel is to facilitate regular exchange of information and views about issues and developments relating to the Convention, to support the implementation process through specialist expertise, to advise on key topics and priorities of implementation, to support the role of the national point of contact and to promote measures that raise awareness of and publicise the Convention.
The advisory panel is made up of representatives from the relevant ministries, the federal governments and independent experts appointed in coordination with the Working Group on Cultural Diversity. Its members thus serve as an interface to the ARGE.
Below is a list of the members of the advisory panel (in alphabetical order):
- Dr. Ernst-Peter Brezovszky
Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (UNESCO department)
- Mag. Martin Grüneis
Office of the Federal Government of Lower Austria (Federal State Representative)
- Mag.a Kathrin Kneissel
Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport (for the field of EU culture policy)
- Dr. Ludwig Laher
Author, IG Autorinnen Autoren [Austrian Interest Group for Authors] (Working Group on Cultural Diversity)
- Mag. Igor Pucker
Office of the Carinthian Government (Federal State Representative)
- Mag. Helge Plank
Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (for the trade sector)
- Mag.a Veronika Ratzenböck
Researcher, österreichische kulturdokumentation [the Austrian archive for cultural analysis](Working Group on Cultural Diversity)
- Anke SCHAD-SPINDLER, PhD
independent researcher, evaluator and consultant
- Dr.in Anna Steiner
Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport (for the culture sector)
- Dr. Matthias Traimer
Federal Chancellery (for the media sector)
- Mag. Martin Pammer
Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (for multilateral matters of international cultural work/UNESCO)
- Mag.a Karin Zimmer
Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport (for the art sector)
Depending on the main areas of focus, additional department representatives and experts can be brought into meetings.