Cultural diversity

Newsletter

February 27, 2015

Efforts to implement the Convention are underway!

Cultural expressions enjoyed a rich and fulfilling year in 2014! We kept  tabs on new publications on the topic as well as activities during the year that  drew attention to the objectives and principles of the Convention on the Protection  and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. We also followed the work  of the Intergovernmental Committee, including its work since its 8th  ordinary session last December.

And with 2015 marking the 10th anniversary of adoption of the Convention, we will be keeping you informed of upcoming events in celebration of the occasion.

The Convention in a nutshell

The Bahamas are the most recent party to ratify  the Convention, bringing the total to 135 (134 State Parties and one regional economic integration organization). New quadrennial periodic reports were also submitted by six Parties in 2014.  

Read more-The Convention in a nutshell.

Interview with Ivan Bernier

" It is difficult to imagine where the Convention will be in ten years. I have no doubt that the needs that spurred its adoption will still be here. "

Ivan Bernier,
professor emeritus, Faculty of Law, Université Laval, Québec City, Canada

Read the complete interview

Recent publications

Results of the 8th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee

15th Summit of La Francophonie and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Serbian version of the Convention and its operational guidelines

Global Governance and Culture – From Exception to Diversity

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Under a cooperation agreement between Sweden and UNESCO, the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation on Development has earmarked US$2.5 million for the diversity of cultural expressions. 

Read more - Under a cooperation agreement between Sweden and UNESCO

Call for Applications

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity has launched its sixth call for funding applications.

Read more - Call for Applications

Conferences

An international symposium in Québec City: “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: 10 years later, what are the issues and challenges facing state cultural policies? ”

Read more - about conferences.

Frequently Asked Questions

New! A section on the operational guidelines.

See FAQ

Your Views

We would like to know how your organization or government plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Please send us your plans, and anything else you would like to share, to: SGDC@mcc.gouv.qc.ca.

News from the International Network of Lawyers for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

2015 Calendar

May
  • 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 28 to 30: International symposium, “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: 10 years later, what are the issues and challenges facing state cultural policies?” Québec City, Canada
June
  • 10 to 12: 5th ordinary session of the Conference of Parties at UNESCO headquarters in Paris
October
  • 20: 10th anniversary of adoption of the Convention
December
  • 14 to 16: 9th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee