Cultural diversity

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La Coalition belge pour la diversité culturelle propose des amendements à l'avant-projet de Convention de l'UNESCO sur la protection de la diversité des contenus culturels et des expressions artistiques

The Coalition for the cultural diversity of French-speaking Belgium supports the UNESCO preliminary draft convention on cultural diversity and looks forward to UNESCO's willingness to readily adopt a convention which will make it possible to effectively protect cultural diversity. However, in its opinion, a certain number of amendments could strengthen the document constructively. These amendments particularly concern the scope of the Convention, the support of artistic creation and the relationship with other treaties. On this point, the Coalition insists that in order to attain its objectives, the Convention must assert its primacy as regards cultural matters in relation to texts regulating international trade. The Coalition expresses its willingness to act together with all the Coalitions for cultural diversity worldwide in order to have its claims heard, and asks the government of the Wallonie-Bruxelles French Community, which has expressed its sensitivity to the protection of cultural diversity, to defend them within the panel of governmental experts of UNESCO. ( Disponible en français) [82]