Cultural diversity

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Développement durable et diversité des cultures : les syndicats des pays francophones se mobilisent - Déclaration de Ouagadougou

Francophonie syndicale - Confédération internationale des syndicats libre, 15 mai 2004 - 2004/05/15

Some forty union organizations affiliated with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and representing the entire international francophone community met for their first-ever forum on May 13 to 15, 2004, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The meeting was in preparation for the upcoming Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Francophonie to be held next November in Ouagadougou on the theme “The Francophonie, Solidarity in Development.” Held in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Agency of the Francophonie (AIF), the union forum unanimously adopted a declaration that called for “a fairer, more socially responsible form of globalization” and affirmed that “social dialog is crucial to sustainable development.” The Forum has demanded recognition as an official preferred partner of the Francophonie (OIF) and its agencies on all development-related issues. Stressing that “cultural development is one of the cornerstones of development,” ICFTU “will support efforts by the Francophonie for the adoption by UNESCO in 2005 of a convention on the protection and promotion of cultural diversity.” [62] (Available in French)