Cultural diversity

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Mercosur - Presidents of Member States and Associated States Commit to Ratify Convention, 2005/12/09

Concluding the 29th Summit of Presidents of MERCOSUR and associated States with Lula da Silva of Brazil, Néstor Kirchner of Argentina, Ricardo Lagos of Chile and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, all present in Montevideo, Uruguay on December 9th, all the participants supported, with a declaration featuring a strong statement in support of the UNESCO Convention: "They were most heartened by the approval by UNESCO’s 33rd General Conference of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, promising to encourage its legislative ratification and to work together to achieve its objectives, based on the fact that culture, because of its special nature, is not simply a product."

Mercosur is composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, which began the process of becoming a full member at the Montevideo Summit. Associated states are Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.