Cultural diversity

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"Promouvoir la diversité culturelle, c'est renouveler notre vision du monde et c'est proposer une conception basée sur le respect des peuples"

M. Jean Charest, Premier ministre du Québec – Montréal, le 17 mars 2004 - 2004/03/17

In this speech given during the official opening ceremony for International Francophonie Day in Montreal, in the presence of the Secretary-General of la Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, Quebec’s Prime Minister Jean Charest stated that Quebec is delighted by the unanimous resolution of the 32nd session of the UNESCO General Conference in the fall of 2003, which decided that “the question of cultural diversity as regards the protection of the diversity of cultural content and artistic expression must be regulated by an international convention, a draft of which will be submitted during its next General Conference in 2005.”  In this regard, he stated, “The right of nations and governments to freely support their cultural policies should never be challenged by purely commercial principles.” According to Premier Charest, “This is a conviction that Quebec shares with la Francophonie and one which must now be translated into international law and political initiative.” In addition, he stated, “Promoting cultural diversity means renewing our world vision and offering a concept based on the respect of nations.” In this regard, Premier Charest stressed, “Quebec will campaign through every means possible to preserve our culture and always refuse to sacrifice its identity.” (Available in French only)