On June 17, 2007 in Québec, Ms. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie; Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade and Minister of Tourism; and Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications, and the Status of Women, announced that the Government of Québec would take part in the first regular session of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
A press release issued for the occasion states that Québec will take part in the Conference as indicated in the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec concerning the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Michel Audet, the Government of Québec representative on Canada’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, is heading the Québec delegation and will voice Québec’s position.
“The Government of Québec is joining Canada in its efforts to get Canada elected to the Intergovernmental Committee. I am also very pleased that UNESCO has invited the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity to this important meeting,” declared Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay.
“The Conference marks the implementation and launch of institutional mechanisms that Québec hopes will be strong, active, and dynamic in order to help the Convention fully achieve the goal of recognizing the right of states to implement policies favorable to their cultural development,” explained Mr. Bachand.
“It is essential that the mandate given to the Intergovernmental Committee reflect the importance of the tasks that have yet to be completed in order to ensure the implementation of the Convention. It is my hope that work will progress as quickly as it did during the adoption and ratification process for the convention,” stated Ms. St-Pierre.
The press release also mentions that “during this Conference of Parties, Québec intends to pay particular attention to the criteria recommended for determining the Intergovernmental Committee’s mandate. It also intends to ensure that civil organizations like the Coalition for Cultural Diversity, which played a major role in the process leading to the adoption of the Convention, can enjoy observer status within the governing bodies overseeing the Convention’s implementation.”