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Morocco: A International Convention to protect cultural diversity

Nabil Benabdellah, ministre marocain de la Communication et porte-parole du gouvernement, le 2 novembre 2005 – 2005/12/02

Speaking at the opening of the international conference organized by the Faculty of Legal Sciences in Mohammedia, the Moroccan Coalition for Culture and the Arts, and Mohammedia City Council under the theme Cultural diversity in a globalizing world: The Challenges, Morocco’s minister of communication and government spokesman, Nabil Benabdellah, noted that Morocco had actively supported the international draft Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted at UNESCO on October 20. “The Moroccan delegation had absolutely no hesitations about supporting the Convention and speaking out in favor of UNESCO efforts to develop an international legal instrument to protect cultural and artistic diversity.” He added that the convention now deserves the attention of Moroccan academics, civil society, and media, urging them to fulfill their role in discussing and promoting awareness of the convention.

ISESCO director general Abdelaziz Ben Othman Altwaijri warned that “globalization as defined today aims, by its very nature, to impose a single way of life upon human culture. In doing so, it violates the principles of international law that are supposed to govern relations between states, peoples, and nations on the basis of mutual respect, law, equality, and international cooperation and in the interest of ensuring security, peace, and human dignity.” He stressed that “world stability depends on the establishment of a new world order that takes its strength from international legality, humanitarian principles, cultural values, and a heritage of human civilization. In this era of rampant globalization, respect for cultural pluralism is a responsibility all members of the international family share. Intellectuals, academics, and artists must be active at every level, promoting cultural diversity and its significance for humanity, and explaining the values of tolerance, cohabitation, and dialog, as well as the principles of human rights, citizenship, respect for diversity, and openness to other cultures.” All of these objectives are shared by the Moroccan Coalition for Culture and the Arts.