Mame Birame Diouf, Senegalese minister of culture and classified cultural heritage, Dakar, November 22, 2005 – 2005/11/22
The 8th Annual Ministerial Meeting of the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP), which brought cultural stakeholders from around the world together from November 21 to 23 in Dakar, Senegal, helped INCP members understand the urgency of ratifying the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Senegalese minister of culture and INCP president Mame Birame Diouf encouraged countries to “approve this Convention as soon as possible […]. This is the only way to speed its coming into force and to ensure that world cultural governance can truly occur. It is an invaluable tool that countries should use to spur and win the ratification battle.” The proceedings of this 8th Meeting state that “the Convention is a wonderful instrument that does not aim to exclude, but rather to unify and unite. Nor does it contain any hidden agenda for quarantining any cultural good or service from any country whatsoever.” Its objective, noted the minister of culture, is to ensure social cohesion within and between nations by giving globalization the tools to succeed.
According to Ms. Katerina Stenou, UNESCO representative to the INPC Meeting, the Convention should be clearly positioned in relation to international instruments adopted in other forums. She emphasized that “in no case should this Convention become hostage to a constitution that would play the economy off against culture […]. The Convention is designed as a core that links culture and development. It is a way to connect culture to international solidarity and mutual understanding.”