Cultural diversity

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Xe Sommet de la Francophonie : Réunion des organisations professionnelles de la culture de l'espace francophone - Déclaration de Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso

Coalition française pour la diversité culturelle, Ouahigouya, le 23 novembre 2004 - 2004/11/23

On the sidelines of the 10th Summit of heads of state and government of la Francophonie, the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ILC-CCD ) organized a meeting for the cultural professional organizations from member countries of La Francophonie in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso from November 21-23, 2004, to protect and promote cultural diversity. In this declaration, representatives of the cultural professional organizations from the 18 member countries of La Francophonie in attendance unanimously reaffirmed the following principles: Cultural goods and services are vehicles of a people's identity and therefore cannot be put in the same category as mere merchandise; Access to a diversified selection of national cultural content and that of any region of the world is a fundamental right for every citizen; Only the implementation of true national cultural policies will enable the development of cultural production in every country and make such a diverse selection possible.

As a result, they are urge member states of La Francophonie to reaffirm their sovereign right to carry out cultural policies to ensure the development of cultures in all countries. To accomplish this, they must: continue to work with the same determination towards the adoption of the Convention on the protection of cultural contents and artistic expressions during the 33rd General Conference of UNESCO; refrain from making any liberalization commitment related to culture in the framework of trade negotiations between now and the adoption of said Convention. In addition, meeting participants undertake to promote the adoption of la Convention de l'UNESCO through their organizations and coalitions on the national and international levels.

They have published their principal remarks concerning the preliminary draft convention , and the conclusions of their work were presented at the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie, held on November 24, 2004 in Ouagadougou . ( Available in French )