Cultural diversity

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La diversité culturelle : une "réponse à l’aspiration des peuples à se développer dans un environnement où toutes les cultures peuvent s’épanouir"

Allocution de Mme Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, vice-première ministre, ministre des Relations internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie, à France-Amérique,  Paris, le mercredi 17 décembre 2003 - 2003/12/17

Addressing in turn the Québec government’s priorities, relations with France, the action led by the Québec General Delegation in Paris, and Québec in the North American environment, Ms Gagnon-Tremblay raised certain major challenges in her speech that we all face in today’s increasingly globalized world, including the question of cultural diversity. On this specific point Ms Gagnon-Tremblay stated that defending cultural diversity—“a very high priority” for the Québec government—is “the appropriate response to peoples’ aspirations to develop in an environment where all cultures can flourish.” In this regard, she maintains that “a true dialog of cultures contributes to the richness of humanity.” She was also delighted with UNESCO’s decision that “the question of cultural diversity from the standpoint of protecting cultural content and artistic expression will be subject to an international agreement.” In this regard, she said the Québec government is carefully scrutinizing international trade negotiations under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ensure trade negotiations in the service sector do not hinder its ability to act in the public interest in the fields of education, culture, health, and social services. (Available in French only)