Cultural diversity

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The Swiss Commission for UNESCO informs the civil society on the adoption of the draft Convention for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

Commission suisse pour l’UNESCO, Berne, le 24 juin 2005 – 2005/06/24

In a message released on June 24, the Swiss Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with la Déclaration de Berne and Traditions pour Demain, informed consultation attendees from various sectors of Swiss civil society concerned with cultural issues about the draft Convention for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions adopted on June 2 at the third session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts at UNESCO.

This message emphasizes three points important to Swiss civil society—the general impression of the Paris meeting, which, According to the Swiss Commission , was a productive negotiation, but tense due to the position of the U.S.; the general impression of the draft approved, which is considered a worthwhile text; and lastly Switzerland’s constructive and well-noted participation in the negotiations. The Swiss Commission pointed out that given the uncertainty, “it appears important that civil society continue to keep its guard up and pressure political authorities in order for Switzerland to maintain or even strengthen its position until the final text is approved.” [05-21]