Staring today and until June 20, 2007, the first session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be taking place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.
On June 14, 2007, in a media advisory regarding the meeting, UNESCO stated that “The Convention aims to reinforce the links between culture and sustainable development and establishes an innovative approach to international cooperation. It reaffirms respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, equal dignity of cultures, equitable access, and openness of cultures to the world.”
The UNESCO advisory states that the Convention recognizes the distinctive nature of cultural goods and services as vehicles of identity, values, and meaning. UNESCO also adds that the Convention “therefore recognizes the sovereign right of States to elaborate cultural policies to promote the diversity of cultural expressions within their territories and to encourage equitable access to all cultural expressions in the world. Parties to the Convention are committed to facilitating cultural exchange within their borders as well as with other countries.”
Furthermore, UNESCO declares that “the Conference of Parties, the Convention’s supreme body, will notably adopt its rules of procedure and elect the 24 members of the Intergovernmental Committee that will operate under its supervision.”
As promised in our May 22, 2007 Bulletin, you can consult the working papers and information documents from the first Conference of Parties on the UNESCO website by clicking here.