Cultural diversity

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"Le Canada fait la promotion sans relâche d’une Convention sur la diversité culturelle sous l’égide de l’UNESCO"

M. Paul Martin, Premier ministre du Canada, le 10 mai 2004 - 2004/05/10

In this speech at a luncheon organized by Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM), Centre d’études et de recherches de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM), and the organization Montréal International, Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada declared that “Canada has relentlessly promoted a convention on cultural diversity under the auspices of UNESCO. Why? First, to protect our own cultural heritage, but also for what it means outside our borders.” Mr. Martin went on to add that “countries must have the right to take the necessary measures to preserve and promote their culture. What's important about the UNESCO convention is that it helps strengthen institutions and reassures societies, by letting them know that they can adopt a modern system of governance and open up to the world, without losing their distinct culture.” Mr. Martin noted that this was the path Canada had followed throughout its history. (Available in French and English)