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The International Actors Federation (FIA) Backs Campaign for the UNESCO Preliminary Draft of Convention on Cultural Diversity

A Bulletin by the Coalitions for Cultural Diversity , Vol. 2, no. 6, October 2004 - 2004/10

The Secretariat for the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ILC-CCD) reports that the International Actors Federation has rallied strongly in support of the UNESCO Preliminary Draft of Convention on Cultural Diversity . At their 18 th Congress, held September 21- 24 in Budapest, Hungary, organizations representing actors from more than 50 countries accorded strong support to the process now underway to secure an international convention for the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions through the process now underway at UNESCO. They also put their support behind the process of mobilizing organizations representing artists and other cultural professionals in countries around the world through the creation of national coalitions dedicated to advancing this campaign . Actors’ associations from Canada (CAEA, UDA, ACTRA), Hungary (SDS) and Peru (SAIP) introduced a resolution unanimously adopted by all FIA members in attendance, including the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG) . In a separate resolution, proposed by the South African actors union PAWE, FIA members also emphatically supported the principle that cultural goods and services should be kept out of international trade agreements. In addition, the 18th FIA Congress calls on all countries and governments "to oppose the inclusion of culture in any and all free trade agreements, including those negotiated bilaterally or at the WTO". (French, English, Spanish) [76]