Cultural diversity

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Plan d'action NEPAD-C NEPAD-Culture Action Plan : The ECOWAS Ministers of Culture renew their wholeheartedly support to the UNESCO’sulture: Les ministres de la Culture de la CEDEAO renouvellent leur indéfectible soutien au projet de Convention de l'UNESC

Mame Birame Diouf, ministre sénégalais de la Culture et du Patrimoine historique classé, le 26 août 2005 – 2005/08/26

The second ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Conference of Ministers of Culture took place from August 23 to 26, 2005, in Abudja, Nigeria. In their final declaration, the ministers “wholeheartedly support the UNESCO’s Convention on Cultural Diversity and the permanent delegation of Senegal.” The Conference also invites “member states to support the Convention at the UNESCO General Conference, planned for October in Paris.” The Abudja Declaration is also “a clarion call for other member countries of subregional communities to similarly defend and promote pluralistic cultural expression by supporting regional expressions of culture.”

The goal of the Abudja conference was to implement the Dakar Nepad-Culture Declaration and Action Plan, which recognizes culture as “an essential component of human development.” The Dakar declaration and action plan are aimed at strengthening cultural cooperation between communities as a bulwark against uniformity and letting the economy dictate relations between peoples and states,” stresses Senegal minister Mame Birame Diouf. They were adopted following the first ECOWAS Conference of Ministers of Culture held in May 2002 in Dakar. [05-25]