U40 Americas works in the spirit of the international U40 Network towards advancing the dialogue and work around the 2005 UNESCO Convention with special focus on the Americas.
U40 Fellows from the Americas originally selected for the 2009 U40 World Forum were joined by an expanded group of similarly-qualified young practitioners. Together, they debate themes relating to the Convention’s application, mainly in virtual working groups, and develop specific proposals tailored to the context of the Americas.
U40 Americas has been initiated by the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity on the occassion of the 2010 Montreal meeting.
The Brazilian U40 members decided to join their efforts as “U40 Brazil”. In partnership with Rio de Janeiro State University, U40 Brazil co-organised, for example, a side event called “Culture: the 4th pillar of sustainability” at the Rio +20 and Peoples Summit on 16 and 17 June 2012.
In July 2011 and September 2012, U40 Brazil in cooperation with the Multidisciplinary programme of Post-Graduates in Culture and Society of the Federal University Bahia (PÓS-CULTURA/UFBA) and the Cultural Diversity Observatory (ODC) organised the seminar “Policies for Cultural Diversity” with contributions from the international U40 Network and U40 Americas. The objectives of these academic seminars is to discuss the application of policies for cultural diversity. more