Cultural diversity

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23è Sommet Afrique-France: “We must speed up the ratification process for the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”

Final communiqué, Bamako, Mali, le 6 décembre 2005 – 2005/12/06

Together with France, 51 African states attended the 23rd Conference of African and French Heads of State and Government on December 3 and 4 in Bamako, Mali. Twenty-five were represented by their heads of state. Other attendees included representatives from the UN, the African Union, the European Union, and other regional and international organizations. The Conference applauded the adoption of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on October 20, at the 33rd UNESCO General Conference in Paris, which aims to promote national cultures. It also called on attending states to speed up the ratification process. The Conference recognized the leading role played by young people in promoting the image of Africa and fighting for the recognition of cultural diversity, which encourages greater understanding between peoples and promotes solidarity in development and lasting peace.

The Conference also expressed its hopes that the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong from December 13 to 18 would take into consideration Africa’s development priorities in its trade negotiations.