Cultural diversity

News Releases / Speeches / Declarations

UNESCO Convention: “Creating conditions conducive to maintaining cultural diversity in terms of identity and trade”

Michel Bissonnet, Président de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec, 8 juillet 2005 – 2005/07/08

At the 21st session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (PAF) in Brussels, held from July 4 to 9, 2005, alongside some 175 French-speaking members of parliament from Africa, America, and Europe, the president of the National Assembly of Québec, Mr. Michel Bissonnet, spoke of Québec’s experience in cultural policy and reminded listeners it is important to Québec that UNESCO adopt the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions this fall: “Québec does not want to shelter its culture from foreign influences, but rather create conditions conducive to maintaining culture in terms of identity and trade. This fight against homogenizing culture and for the plurality of identities and cultural products goes hand in hand with the quest to strike a better balance between trade and culture,” he declared.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie brings together the parliaments of more than 70French-language states and governments. [05-23]