As part of the Second International Meeting of French-Speaking Cultural Professional Coalitions and Organizations , national coalition delegates and cultural professional organizations of 23 Member States of la Francophonie , joined by their colleagues from 4 African countries not part of the Francophonie, met in Lomé, Togo, from September 19 to 22, 2006, on the eve of the 11th Francophonie Summit to assess the progress of the international campaign to ratify the UNESCO Convention of the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions , as well as to compare perspectives on the upcoming implementation of that Convention.
In the course of their work, and while emphasizing the urgency of quickly obtaining the 30 ratifications necessary for the Convention to enter into force at the 34th session of the UNESCO General Conference in October 2007, the participants were heartened by the remarkable progress of the Convention's international ratification campaign, estimating that at that time some 20 countries, including an significant number of Francophonie Member States, had registered their ratification instruments with UNESCO, or had at least passed the crucial step of securing legislative approval.
Despite this progress, the participants emphasized that only ratification by a number significantly exceeding the required minimum of 30 states and providing a balanced representation of world regions will suffice to give the Convention the necessary effectiveness and extension for it to provide genuine promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions throughout the world, thereby making the Convention an international legal instrument of reference on questions relating to cultural policy. To this end, Coalitions and cultural professional organizations :
The Secretariat for the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity will report on this event in the next edition of its bulletin Coalition Currents