In this paper, Professor Ivan Bernier analyzes the process of implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted last October 20 at the UNESCO 33rd General Conference. According to the professor, three issues are likely to have an impact on Convention implementation: the convocation of the first meeting of the Conference of Parties, the makeup of the Intergovernmental Committee, and the organization of the work program for the organs in question. Once the organs of the Convention are in place, the issue of monitoring Convention implementation will also have to be addressed by the signatory states. If we are to achieve tangible results, Professor Bernier feels that we must begin to take action right away.
However, he warns that “This paper on Convention implementation is in no way an exhaustive review of the question. It simply aims to spur reflection in areas that could speed implementation and build support for the Convention. It would be most regrettable, after the Convention’s adoption by the General Conference and ratification by the required number of States, to see it fail through poor implementation. The best way to avoid this is to prepare now for the implementation phase, as if it were about to begin.”
Mr. Ivan Bernier is an emeritus professor at Université Laval’s Faculty of Law in Québec City, Canada. He is one of the independent experts appointed by the UNESCO Director-General to develop the preliminary draft Convention on the Protection of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions whose final text was adopted last October 20 by the UNESCO Member States in a plenary session at UNESCO’s 33rd General Conference