Cultural diversity

News Releases / Speeches / Declarations

Sommet mondial sur la société de l’information (SMSI): «les négociations sur les questions non réglées se poursuivront avant le Sommet»

M. ASKO NUMMINEM, Ambassadeur de Finlande, Président du Sous-Comité du PrepCom - Union internationale des télécommunications (IUT), Genève, le 17 novembre 2003 - 2003/11/17


Mr. Asko Numminem, Finnish ambassador and chair of the negotiations subcommittee responsible for ironing out differences of opinion on the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Action Plan, announced progress in a number of areas, and said that a more balanced declaration would result. Agreement has notably been reached on the issue of “identity and cultural diversity.” On this point, Mr. Numminem stressed that the relevant articles acknowledged the need to create, broadcast, and preserve content in a variety of languages and formats. They also acknowledged the importance of recognizing copyright, as well as promoting the production and accessibility of content, including local content. (Available also in French)