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SOCI | 5th Trilateral Cultural Ministers' Meeting held in Gwangju - 2013.09.27-28

The 5th Trilateral Cultural Ministers' Meeting was held in Gwangju, ROK, from September 27th to 28th, 2013. 

Mr. YOO Jin-ryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of ROK, Mr. SHIMOMURA Hakubun, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and Mr. CAI Wu, Minister of Culture of China attended the meeting and signed "Gwangju Communiqué of the Fifth Trilateral Cultural Ministers' Meeting" with concrete implementation agenda to further promote trilateral cooperation.

With the theme of "Ushering in a New Era of Cultural Enrichment in East Asia", the three Ministers reviewed the efforts to materialize cultural exchanges enumerated in "Shanghai Action Plan" adopted in 2012, reasserted the importance of further cooperation in preserving intangible cultural heritage, developing culture industry, protecting copyrights, and strengthening culture, arts and youth exchanges. They decided to hold "Trilateral Arts Festival" in the host country of the Trilateral Cultural Ministers' Meeting from 2014, as well as events and workshops on culture and arts education. 

During the meeting, Gwangju of ROK, Yokohama of Japan and Quanzhou of China have been selected as the "2014 East Asian Cultural Cities". According to the attached"Joint Statement for 2014 East Asian Cultural Cities" signed by three Ministers and Mayors of three Cities, various cultural exchange events and programs will be conducted respectively in the three Cities in 2014.

Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat participated in the Meeting as observer, which is the first attendance since its establishment in September 2011.
Three Ministers Participating in the Meeting
The 5th Trilateral Cultural Ministers Meeting
Three Ministers and Mayors of three Cities with "Joint Statement for 2014 East Asian Cultural Cities"