Cultural diversity

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Appui de la Coalition française au ministre français de la Culture sur la négociation à l’UNESCO de la convention sur la diversité culturelle

M. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, ministre français de la Culture et de la Communication, 30 septembre 2004 - 2004/09/30

In this letter addressed to the French coalition for cultural diversity, Mr. de Vabres praised French cultural professionals for supporting UNESCO negotiations on the Preliminary draft of a convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions. He stressed France’s commitment to the convention and assured the coalition that the French government would take into account their demands and proposed amendments to the preliminary draft. “Your main concerns are similar to ours. We will be vigilant as to the wording of article 19 and will see that the text has enough teeth to ensure effective protection of cultural diversity. Your efforts to mobilize support are very helpful to us and I would like you to remain in contact with my officials to look at any joint action we may consider during the course of negotiations.” ( Available in French ) [75]