Cultural diversity

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Bewahrung der kulturellen Vielfalt: Ein ethischer Imperativ in Zeiten der Globalisierung - "Promouvoir la diversité culturelle: Un impératif moral à l’ère de la mondialisation"

M. Claude Trudelle, Bureau du Québec à Munich/Vertretung der Regierung von Québec in München, le 23 juin 2004 - 2004/06/23

In this speech on cultural diversity delivered on June 23, 2004, at Ludwig-Maximilian Universität in Munich, Claude Trudelle, Cooperation and Public Affairs Advisor (Berater für Kooperation und öffentliche Angelegenheiten) at the Québec Office in Munich, Germany, explained the problems and challenges of UNESCO negotiations on a draft Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Content and Artistic Expression to a German audience of some thirty students and professors largely unfamiliar with the question.
After reviewing key debates on the issue in the main international forums, particularly UNESCO, Mr. Trudelle discussed the Government of Québec’s official position and commitments in this area. He then examined current work at UNESCO that will culminate in the adoption of the Convention in fall 2005. He also noted the Government of Québec’s efforts to support UNESCO’s work. He argued that the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Content and Artistic Expression would not be possible unless three conditions were met: A majority of countries must actively support the Convention; states must refrain from liberalizing trade in cultural and audiovisual services and ensure that no international trade liberalization provisions jeopardize their ability to support and promote culture through viable cultural policies; and finally, governments must have strong support from civil society.
Mr. Trudelle illustrated his talk with several eloquent German examples, including Good Bye Lenin, a film subsidized by two Länder (NRW and Bavaria). Following the presentation, one of the event’s co-organizers declared that cultural diversity was important and that he appreciated Québec’s efforts to promote it in Germany. [65] (Available in German only)