Cultural diversity

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Coalitions being created, joining together, and rallying to influence UNESCO’s ongoing negotiations on the Convention on cultural diversity and obtain a text that protects the States’ right to develop genuine cultural policies

Coalition Currents, vol 3, no.5, July 2005 – 2005/07

This edition of the Coalitions for Cultural Diversity Bulletin reports the recent creation of new coalitions: Hungary’s Coalition for Cultural Diversity used a May 30 news conference to formally announce its creation by its founding member organizations; Brazil’s Coalition for Cultural Diversity was established on June 7 during the Florianopolis Audiovisual Mercosur Festival (FAM); Italy’s Coalition for Cultural Diversity was formally being established in Rome on June 22 and new coalitions were also created in Ecuador, Guinea, Mali and Switzerland, bringing to 30 the total number of Coalitions for cultural diversity around the world: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mali, Morocco, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Uruguay. These newly created coalitions invite organizations in all sectors of their countries’ art and culture industries to join them in their efforts.

The Bulletin also reports that the coalitions for cultural diversity from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, and Slovakia (with a representative from Finland in an observer capacity) have decided to create an alliance, the European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. The alliance’s main goal is to advise European institutions and governments of the expectations of cultural creators and professionals with respect to the draft agreement discussed at UNESCO. This Alliance has been created in light of the negotiations mandate entrusted to the European Community by its 25 member states for the draft convention on cultural diversity at UNESCO and given the European Community’s exclusive competence with respect to the WTO’s international commercial negotiations. The European coalitions adopted a declaration which takes pride in that fact Europe is speaking with one voice at UNESCO and expresses the expectation that the European Commission will defend ambitious positions. (For a synthesis of this Declaration, see our Bulletin no. 11, April 25, 2005) [05-23]