M. Manuel Feifel, attaché aux affaires culturelles et publiques, Bureau du Québec en Allemagne, 22 octobre 2004 – 2004/10/22
On October 22, 2004, the German Federal Coalition for Cultural Diversity met in Cologne for its second consultation on the preliminary draft Convention on the Protection of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions . At the invitation of the German Commission for UNESCO and with the support of German public television station WDR, 70 cultural community representatives discussed the draft convention and next steps based on the “outline of reasoning” made public for the consultation. To start, Ms Sabine von Schorlemmer, Professor of International Law at Dresden Technical University and member of the group of independent experts that developed the draft convention, and Mr. Hans-Heinrich Wrede, German Ambassador to UNESCO and President of the UNESCO Executive Board, presented the results of the first intergovernmental consultation held in September in Paris. Discussion centered on the issue of funding for coproduction and broadcasting (Article 14), the convention’s relationship to other instruments (Article 19), and the European Commission’s negotiation mandate. Analyses of the draft convention by professors Ivan Bernier and Hélène Ruiz-Fabri were discussed with interest, particularly the UNESCO-WTO-UNCTAD-WIPO report and the issue of bilateral agreements on audiovisual media.
Next, under the chairmanship of Mr. Max Fuchs, President of the Arts Council of Germany, participants discussed concrete examples of promoting cultural diversity at the municipal, regional, and international levels. Under the title “Protection - Reinformcement - Promotion,” Ms Christine M. Merkel, Head of the Division for Culture, Communication, and Information with the German Commission for UNESCO and German Coalition Coordinator, presented the “World Cinema Fund,” an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and the German Federal Foundation for Culture aimed at promoting the production and distribution of films from developing countries and emerging economies. Last, Ms Verena Wiedemann, Head of European Affairs for German public television station ARD and member of the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INDC) steering committee, gave a brief a report on the 7th Annual Ministerial Meeting of the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP) , which wrapped up in Shanghai on October 17, 2004. In addition, the moratorium proposal developed by the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ILC-CCD) was received with great interest. The German Coalition will hold its third consultation on January 17, 2005, in Berlin. (French, English, German) 
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