Cultural diversity

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Strong support Preliminary draft of a UNESCO’s convention on the cultural diversity: The Secretary generals of the Trois Espaces Linguistiques at the Universal Forum of Cultures of Barcelona – Declaration of Support

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Barcelone, le 23 août 2004 - 2004/08/23

The secretary generals of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), the Latin Union, and the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) met on August 23, 2004, at the Barcelona forum to discuss “Cultural Rights and Human Development”. They signed a declaration of support for UNESCO’s draft convention on cultural diversity and reached a common consensus in view of future talks on this convention, resolving to “continue working together on the stances our member states and governments wish to take during intergovernmental negotiations by experts on the draft convention,” and “do our utmost to harmonize the positions of our states and governments to ensure the draft convention that will be presented at UNESCO’s 33rd General Conference in November 2005 takes into account our values and goals with respect to cultural diversity.” The other geocultural regions from the European and Arab world represented at the meeting by various intergovernmental organizations backed this joint initiative. The three Spanish, French, and Portugese-speaking geocultural entities encompass 77 states and 3 governments and represent a population of 1.2 billion. [69] (Available in French)