EU Delegation to Namibia, and Member States host the launch of the EUNIC Namibia (21/11/2011)

Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, Ambassador Raúl Fuentes Milani and EU member state Heads of Missions will host the launch of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) Namibia Cluster at his residence on 24 November 2011.

EUNIC is a network of the international cultural relations institutes of EU members states and seeks to facilitate cultural cooperation; create lasting partnerships between professionals; encourage greater understanding and awareness of the diverse European cultures; and encourage language learning.

The overall theme for EUNIC in Sub-Saharan Africa is Culture and Development, articulated in the areas of multilingualism, arts and development and arts education. 

According to Ambassador Fuentes Milani, culture is one of the cornerstones of the European Union, and the promotion thereof is a vital element of the Union's external action.

"Cultural exchanges and cooperation can establish and strengthen partnerships, build the capacity of all sectors of society, and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms."

He views the creation of the EUNIC Namibia Cluster as a great opportunity for the development of partnerships as it unites European Cultural Centres present in Namibia on a platform that will enable them to develop common cultural projects; share good practices and expertise; and support the member state holding the EU Presidency through innovative partnerships.

EUNIC Namibia consists of the British Council, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, the Goethe Zentrum, Alliance Française de la Côte, Portugal's Instituto Camoes, with the Embassies of Spain and Finland serving as associate members.

The launch will bring together all stakeholders in Namibia's arts and culture sector, which includes government, civil society, artists and various artistic and cultural bodies.

Natasha Tibinyane, EU Delegation to Namibia Press and Information Officer
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