The Forum was established in 1989 in the First Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the region held in Brazil. It is the oldest of its type and it is the space for reflection of the highest government cultural authorities in the region as it is the only meeting ground where all the member States of Latin America and the Caribbean coincide.
The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean facilitates, coordinates and funds the Technical Secretariat of the Forum, based in Havana after a request of the Member States for the creation of this position. Within the strategy of the Havana Office, the Forum of Ministers is its major partner for regional cooperation in the area of Culture, as it offers UNESCO a unique opportunity to interact with the highest cultural authorities of the region and to promote the Conventions, concepts and priorities of the Organisation.
The 24 Member States who participated in the 19th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean and First Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in Paramaribo, Suriname, on 14 and 15 March 2013, decided to work for the gradual integration of the Forum and the Meeting in a single mechanism from its meeting to be held in 2014.
Likewise, they agreed that, as of the Suriname meeting, the Meetings of Ministers of Culture of the CELAC will consider as its own the activities, agreements, projects and programmes of the Forum to guarantee its continuity.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba will be the venues of the Second and Third Meetings of Ministers of Culture of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The following projects are currently part of the Plan of Action of the Forum/Meetings of Ministers of Culture of CELAC: