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Interview with Mr. Jean Musitelli on the goals and issues of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – 2007/06/14

During the first Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the UNESCO Office of Public Information discussed the treaty’s goals and issues with Mr. Jean Musitelli. Mr. Musitelli, who is currently a Conseiller d’État in France, was part of the group of experts who took part in creating the Convention.

In this interview, entitled “The Convention’s success depends on the will of States,” Mr. Musitelli begins by giving his definition of the concept of “diversity of cultural expressions” before discussing the purpose of the Convention. He then offers his point of view on the benefits that artists will draw from implementation of this treaty. The interview also addresses the question of the role that this text can play in developing countries. In closing, Mr. Musitelli answers the question, “When countries ratify the Convention, what is their commitment?”

Click here for a transcript of this noteworthy interview.

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