Cultural diversity

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European Parliament Resolution on Preserving and Promoting Cultural Diversity: the Role of the European regions and International Organisations such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe - (Final A5-0477/2003)

European Parliament, 15 December 2003 - 2003/12/15

Based on an own-initiative report, the Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport, submitted a draft resolution to the European Parliament "on Preserving and Promoting Cultural Diversity: the Role of the European regions and International Organisations such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe", with the following main thrusts: The European Parliament «reaffirms that it sees its contribution to the elaboration of a legally binding instrument on cultural diversity as a political priority»; it deems it essential «to recognise cultural diversity within the field of international law by negotiating and adopting a Convention on cultural diversity in the near future within UNESCO»; considers the Convention on cultural diversity, as agreed by UNESCO's General Conference, «as a means of bringing cultural policies to the fore and to ensure on a global scale the protection and promotion of diversity of cultural contents and artistic forms of expression, which appear to be particularly threatened by globalisation»; furthermore, agrees with the Commission that «a legally binding standard on cultural diversity is necessary in order to consolidate cultural rights, foster the development of public cultural policies in each State, commit Parties to international cooperation, create a forum for debate on cultural policies and establish global monitoring of the state of cultural diversity world-wide»; calls on the UNESCO General Conference «to insist that the Member States do not undertake commitments in other international forums or bilateral agreements which would run counter to the protection and promotion of cultural diversity»; «considers that specific provisions in this Convention should allow for least favoured countries to be able to develop their cultural industries and policies»; «requests, therefore, the European Union to be united in its conduct at the forthcoming UNESCO negotiations, and requests furthermore the Member States to give the Commission, in accordance with the provisions of the EC Treaty and with the participation of the European Parliament and the relevant groups in civil society, a clearly worded mandate to authorise the Commission in cooperation with the European Parliament to negotiate in the UNESCO framework on the issue related to a Convention on cultural diversity». (Available in French, English and Spanish only)