Cultural diversity

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La diversité culturelle aux Nations Unies : "Nous favorisons un instrument de l’UNESCO sur la promotion des cultures"

M. Paul Martin, Premier ministre du Canada, New York, le 22 septembre 2004 - 2004/09/22

At the opening of the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called for a program of reforms for the international community designed to make “our common humanity” a key UN priority. He cited five areas where bold steps are required. These include cultural diversity which, he believes, is tied to “the responsibility to respect human beings, their dignity, their freedom, and their culture.” In this regard, he stated: «I would like to talk about a broader notion of human rights, one that can encompass individual rights, the protection of collective rights, and pluralism as reflected in the concept of cultural diversity.  In fact, the recent UNDP report on human development stresses that cultural diversity is also tied in with freedom.  That is why we favour a UNESCO instrument on cultural promotion». (Available in French and English) [73]