Cultural diversity

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33rd UNESCO General Conference: Overwhelming support for the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, Paris, October 21, 2005 – 2005/10/21

In a press release, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity and its 51 member organizations applauded the overwhelming support by UNESCO member states for adoption of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. According to the French coalition, “This Convention adopted over the wishes of a completely isolated United States is the fruit of negotiations begun in October 2003 and marks a veritable equilibrium by enshrining the legitimacy of cultural policies in international law.”

The Coalition further congratulated French president Jacques Chirac, and the French and Canadian governments, for taking the initiative of suggesting such a convention to UNESCO and thanked UNESCO’s other member states, its director general, and its personnel for working quickly to see this Convention through to adoption. It also praised the European Commission’s involvement in debates and the unanimous support for the Convention by the 25 member states of the European Union.

The press release goes on to note that the French Coalition will campaign to have UNESCO member states ratify the convention and hopes that France will lead by example by being one of the first countries to do so. In this regard, the Coalition campaigned strongly in support of this convention, along with 30 other cultural diversity coalitions across the globe (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Senegal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Uruguay) and that are members of the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ILC).