Promotion of culture as an important element in international relations

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The importance of culture in Ireland’s external relations has long been recognised and by extension, Ireland recognises the clear benefits to the European Union in deploying culture as a means of building good relations with its neighbours and global partners. To be effective, this should of course be a two-way process and for that reason, Ireland is a strong advocate of the UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity, being among the first group of contracting parties to the Convention.
At a national level, there is now a growing recognition among key decision-makers at business and political level regarding the importance of culture in developing the external dimension of culture.

Culture Ireland has been established to promote and advance Irish arts in a global context, helping to create international opportunities for Irish artists and cultural practitioners and leading to a deeper mutual understanding between Irish and other cultures and communities.