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Deuxième réunion d’experts sur l’avant-projet de convention sur la protection de la diversité des contenus culturels et des expressions artistiques

M. Koïchiro Matsuura, Directeur général de l’UNESCO, le 30 mars 2004 - 2004/03/30

In his opening remarks for the second experts meeting on the draft convention on the protection of cultural content and artistic expression, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, paid tribute to the experts that participated in the first meeting of December 2003 and stressed that the quality of their work was “unanimously commended.” He stated, “I received nothing but words of congratulation and encouragement after I had arranged for the report of that meeting to be distributed to Member States, as well as to concerned organizations, notably to intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and more particularly to the WTO, WIPO and UNCTAD.  (…)  I think that everyone was pleasantly surprised to note that, at this first meeting, you were already able to formulate proposals and envisage concrete possibilities for cooperation. In short, you displayed boldness, imagination and realism, all necessary qualities to meet such a challenge.” Since its December meeting, the experts, at the request of the Secretariat, have thought about the wording of the preamble, as well as proposed formulations of articles on five previously suggested themes: objectives and principles of the convention, definitions and scope, rights and obligations of States, mechanisms of international cooperation and assistance, and follow-up mechanisms. However, Matsuura pointed out, “Much remains to be done, in particular on the issues regarding the first two themes, namely, principles and objectives, and definitions and scope. And I hope that your deliberations in the coming days will not only flesh out these themes and explore all possibilities, but also lead to concrete proposals for wording that can constitute the body of these sections in the future draft Convention.” (Available also in French and English)