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The 171st session of UNESCO’s Executive Board : The third session of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the Draft Convention will be taken place in Paris from May 25 through June 4, 2005

UNESCO, Paris le 26 avril 2005 – 2005/04/26

The 171st session of UNESCO’s Executive Board came to an end at UNESCO with its commissions and Ad Hoc Committee adopting “recommended draft decisions”. The plenary session agreed to hold a third meeting of governmental experts from May 25 through June 4, 2005 to negotiate the draft convention on protecting the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions. Indeed , the Executive Board (Document 171 EX/64) « Requests the Director-General to continue his efforts to move forward the preparation of a preliminary draft international convention ». As a result, he is authorizing it « to convene a third session of the category II intergovernmental meeting of experts to further develop the preliminary draft convention », and furthermore asking it to « to report to it at its 172nd session on the progress accomplished on the preliminary draft convention at the third session of the intergovernmental meeting ».

Concerning the participation of the European Community in the intergovernmental meeting of experts (category II) on the preliminary draft convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions (171 EX/62), the Executive Board, « decides on an exceptional basis that the European Community, while maintaining its observer status, may actively participate in the same manner as full participants in the work of the intergovernmental meeting of experts, excluding the right to vote »; Moreover, it « recommends to the General Conference to consider the issue of granting the same rights to the European Community with respect to the consideration of the item related to the preliminary draft convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions, under the auspices of UNESCO ».

In the end, this draft decision of the Ad Hoc Committee was accepted after the UK representative, on behalf of the European Union, declared that “appropriate active participation” meant that “the EU can take the floor, respond to a speech, present proposals, take part in working-group and informal discussions and speak behind its own sign card, but could not serve as rapporteur, did not have the right to vote and could not block a consensus”.   [05-12]