Cultural diversity

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Un axe franco-canadien pour la diversité culturelle

Le Monde , le 13 octobre 2003 – 2003/10/13

In this interview with Le Monde, Ms Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage, discusses the challenges facing the UNESCO General Conference in the area of culture and defends the supranational nature of the draft international convention on cultural diversity awaiting UNESCO approval. According to Ms Copps, “Globalization must respect the right of each country to defend its culture, civilization, and what it expresses through its books, films, and television,” adding that “we are proposing a convention on cultural diversity so that all these areas are protected.” Ms Copps states that “with Hollywood, everything flows one way, from the United States abroad. With a UNESCO convention, we want to make sure that rights will not be suppressed.” She stresses that “the idea is not to let only wealthy countries keep their little piece of the pie. We also want to give all countries that do not yet have cultural industries the opportunity of creating them so that their artists can also receive commercial recognition.” (Available in French only)