Cultural diversity

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Le combat pour la diversité culturelle continue: "Nous pouvons tous nous réjouir de l’adoption de la Convention sur la diversité des expressions culturelles, mais les prochaines étapes sont toutes aussi cruciales"

Line Beauchamp, ministre de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Lyon, le 5 décembre 2005 – 2005/12/05

This morning in Lyons, Québec minister of culture and communications Line Beauchamp officially opened the symposium entitled The Fight for Cultural Diversity in the presence of OIF secretary-general Abdou Diouf and the president of Conseil régional Rhône-Alpes, Jean-Jack Queyranne. This symposium, an initiative of Centre Jacques Cartier, is part of its 18th Entretiens, which are being held this year from December 2 to 7 in Lyons. Other sessions will be looking into different themes related to scientific research and social issues.

The symposium is divided into three major areas: The fight for cultural diversity, a response to globalization?; Cultural diversity challenges in the North and South; and The convention on the diversity of cultural expressions, prospects for the future. These will be divided into subthemes that will be discussed by speakers and participants from the academic, cultural, and economic communities in Québec, France, Europe, and the Americas.

The goals of the symposium are twofold: first, revisit the adoption of the convention at UNESCO on October 20, and second, encourage ratification of the convention and its vigorous implementation and monitoring by the largest possible number of states. Reviewing progress to date, Ms. Beauchamp declared, “With this symposium, which brings together many of the players who had key roles in the adoption of the UNESCO convention, we have taken one step further in our efforts to mobilize for the next steps, i.e., ratification and active implementation of the convention by the greatest possible number of states.”

In this respect, Minister Beauchamp “hailed the fruitful cooperation between Québec and France” and said it “augured well for future phases.” She also released a study on prospects for action related to convention implementation. The paper was written by Ivan Bernier, an emeritus professor at the Université Laval Faculty of Law in Québec City, and one of the independent experts appointed by the UNESCO Director-General to develop the preliminary draft of the convention, in conjunction with Hélène Ruiz-Fabri, a professor at Université Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne. It included suggestions about the timetable of work in relation to the next UNESCO General Conference, the type of work that could be undertaken by the Conference of Parties, and specific issues that could be dealt with by the Intergovernmental Committee