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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Victoria Pit Moorings, Macclesfield Canal

Culture and Sustainable Development, UN Debate

"In accordance with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 72/229 on “Culture and Sustainable Development”, the President of the General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level thematic debate on this important topic, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The transformative power of culture for social inclusion, resilience and sustainable development is increasingly recognized as a key enabler for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marked a major turning point in global efforts to address development challenges and opportunities, as the local authorities and communities take an increasingly important role in this global momentum alongside international and national actors and other relevant stakeholders. Culture is also an essential component of human development, representing a source of identity, innovation and creativity for all, it provides sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.

The debate will focus on the contribution of culture to the achievement of the sustainable development goals from the national, regional and international perspectives, building on national experiences, existing policies and frameworks and cooperation. The debate will also mark two important United Nations milestones, which acknowledge the importance of cultural diversity and recognize the critical contribution of indigenous cultures to sustainable development. In this context, the debate on 21 May 2019 will also mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May) and the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019)" - UNESCO

The programme details (pdf)

Nina-Maria, Moderator:

Friday, 17 May 2019

Guest houses financed with EU funds; EU Funds Misused to Build Private Accommodation?

Not just in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria announces probe into all guest houses financed with EU funds (The Sofia Globe)

"Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered the police to carry out an investigation into all guest houses in the country financed with European Union agricultural funds for rural development, to establish that they were being put to their intended use, the Prosecutor’s Office said on April 24".


"An investigation is underway into 746 guest houses in Bulgaria developed with EU money, following allegations of the money being used to build private accommodation instead of it being used for its intended purpose".

"The investigation is specifically focusing on whether EU funds were used by Bulgaria's State Fund Agriculture department to build hundreds of private guesthouses", Euronews., 14 May, 2019.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development -

European Regional Development Fund -

Related (Google online): Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (EC pdf file)

In some member states, EU funding and subsidies (of 45% to 50%) are available for small-scale or alternative tourism projects, or for hotel accommodation projects within traditional settlements, on condition that the unit or facility operates for at least five years.

China and America: The Economist Special Report

Published in The Economist today, David Rennie's thirteen-page print edition Special Report on China and America

Trade can no longer anchor America’s relationship with China - The world should be worried about that, says David Rennie. Current edition dated May 18th, 2019.

China and America: Trade can no longer anchor America’s relationship with China 

The view from Washington: In Washington, talk of a China threat cuts across the political divide 

The view from Beijing: In Beijing, views of America have become deeply cynical 

Down on the farm: Why Iowa is Xi Jinping’s favourite corner of America 

Slow boat: Ordinary Americans and Chinese seem to be drifting apart 

Competing in technology: America still leads in technology, but China is catching up fast 

Military development: America’s military relationship with China needs rules 

Trade: The trouble with putting tariffs on Chinese goods 

The future: America and China must manage their rivalry or risk disaster