Cultural diversity

News Releases / Speeches / Declarations

Portuguese, Spanish, and French-speaking organizations urge UNESCO Member States to ratify the Convention on the diversity of cultural expression.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on October 20, 2006, a news release by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) reported that during the sixth meeting of the three linguistic zones at OIF headquarters in Paris, the heads of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science, and Culture (OEI), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Latin Union, and OIF adopted a motion calling on UNESCO Member States to ratify as quickly as possible the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. They unanimously expressed their wish that this document—adopted exactly one year ago by UNESCO—come into effect before the next session of the UNESCO Executive Council in fall 2007.

Mr. Mongi Bousnina, executive director of the Arab League Education, Culture, and Sciences Organization (ALECSO), also endorsed the position on ratification announced by OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf, who declared that “If, thanks to the concerted efforts of our organizations, this convention on cultural diversity is ratified before the deadline, we will have provided the world with a shining example that there is no substitution for dialog between linguistic and cultural regions.” The news release stressed that the ratification of this Convention demonstrates the benefits of promoting regular cooperation between French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic speaking zones.