IBER-RUTAS Programme Strengthening of Interculturality and Rights Routes in Iberoamerican Migration
The objective of the IBER-RUTAS Iberoamerican Programme is to promote cultural diversity in Ibero-America creating a common forum for the protection of migrant rights from an intercultural standpoint. The Programme was first implemented in mid-2011 with the creation of the Intergovernmental Committee and the creation of the Executive Committee (EC). The Directorate of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation of the Secretariat of Culture of Argentina was designated as Technical Unit (UT).
The IBER-RUTAS Programme, proposed by Argentina, was approved within the framework of the 20th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of States and Governments in December 2010, in the City of Mar del Plata, Argentina. The countries participating in this programme are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Challenges have been identified in the implementation of this measure : A points-of-culture network was developed in each of the Programme's participating countries to receive and issue information to all parties. Some points of culture from these countries have already proposed activities to be developed in their own countries that are linked or can be supported by the Programme.
A Web site was also designed and developed for disseminating the Programme, intended to contribute contents and raise awareness on the themes and activities related to the promotion of cultural diversity in Ibero-America. In November 2011, the Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with delegates from all participating countries. In such meeting, the following were approved: Work Plan for the Programme's Line 1 and 2: collection and systematization of information on Public Policies and other quantitative data from each country son migration associated to cultural diversity and cultural rights; dissemination strategy for the Web site, video; Programme's management and resource integration modalities, and extension of Costa Rica's proposal schedule of activities on the Caribbean Cultural Corridor Programme. At the closing of the meeting with delegates, there was a public presentation to entities, associations and institutions connected to this theme, organized by the Technical Unit as part of the program's dissemination strategies.