International Network on Cultural Policy

Instigated by Canada in June 1998, the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP) continues to be an informal, international venue where national ministers responsible for culture can explore and exchange views on new and emerging cultural policy issues and develop strategies to promote cultural diversity.  The INCP Liaison Bureau – the Network's secretariat – is housed in Canadian Heritage's International Affairs Branch.

The INCP aims to strengthen cultural policies so that governments, together with civil society, can create an international environment that values diversity, creativity, accessibility and freedom by:

  • offering a means through which participants can share their expertise, exchange views and information, and strengthen domestic and international partnerships;
  • raising awareness of the importance of cultural diversity and identity to social and economic development;
  • advancing dialogue on cultural policy issues by ensuring that culture is "on the table" in international, national and local fora.