Cultural diversity

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Consultation of Swiss civil society on the UNESCO preliminary draft Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions

Commission suisse pour l’UNESCO, Berne, le 14 mars 2005 – 2005/03/14

The Swiss Commission for UNESCO, in partnership with Traditions pour Demain and La Déclaration de Berne, has invited communities of Swiss civil society concerned with cultural issues to a third public hearing on the UNESCO preliminary draft Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions . During the meeting, which will be held on April 12, 2005 in Berne, the Swiss civil society will adopt a draft message addressed to the federal administration expressing its concern regarding the overall situation of the process underway at the 2nd Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts in Paris.

The draft message, which is structured around the six points that appear to be the most important for the Swiss civil society, is based on reactions and suggestions gathered during the two previous hearings, and gives particular consideration to the development of multilateral negotiations currently underway and the specific role of Switzerland in this process. The Swiss civil society hopes that the content of the message will allow for the positions it supports to be resumed and defended by the Swiss delegation during the third session of the intergovernmental Meeting of experts which will take place at the end of May 2005. It also considers the third session the last chance to finalize a “proper” draft convention that will then be submitted for approval at the UNESCO General Conference in the fall of 2005. [05-09]