Cultural diversity

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Le dossier de la diversité culturelle mis à l'ordre du jour du Conseil exécutif de l'UNESCO : Point 3.7.2 : "Diversité culturelle : synthèse des travaux préliminaires et des réunions d'experts de catégorie VI et perspectives "

169e session du Conseil exécutif de l'UNESCO, le 26 avril 2004 - 2004/04/26

The issue of cultural diversity placed on the UNESCO Executive Board agenda at the request of the 15 member countries was taken up on Monday, April 26, 2004. Assistant Director-General for Culture Mounir Bouchenaki reviewed steps taken since the 32nd General Conference (meetings of Category VI experts, written and oral meeting reports) and told member states that they would be receiving a draft version of the convention around mid-July 2004 before debate was launched with category II experts. Earlier, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura had already presented a detailed timetable for the development of a draft International convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. According to the timetable, which includes key steps, a preliminary draft should be ready for distribution to UNESCO member states in July 2004, with intergovernmental negotiations on the content of the text scheduled to begin in the fall. This paves the way for a vote on the convention at the UNESCO General Conference in 2005. Board members subsequently adopted, unamended, the draft decision set forth in section 16 (p.4) of document 169 EX/40 giving the Director-General the authority to call meetings of Category II experts. (Available in French, English, Spanish)
Document 169 EX/40 :