The International Organization of La Francophonie has posted on its website the text of La Francophonie Secretary General Abdou Diouf’s address to the May 2, 2007 UNESCO conference entitled, “Different views on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.”
To begin his remarks, Mr. Diouf saluted UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, for his determined commitment to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Mr. Diouf also hailed the exemplary role of UNESCO in this regard.
Discussing the UNESCO cultural diversity convention, the secretary general declared that “It would be a paradox if the unprecedented mobilization that took place during the development and implementation of the Convention did not give rise to a new opportunity to fully experience diversity within convention bodies themselves—diversity of viewpoints, diversity of policies, cultural diversity, in other words, to fully live out the dialectic of the universal and the particular that this Convention, undoubtedly more than any other, confronts us with.”
Mr. Diouf also took the opportunity to call once again on states who had not yet done so to proceed with ratification of the Convention. “The more numerous we are, the more we can lay claim to a truly multilateral functioning of the bodies already in place. The more numerous we are, the more we can follow the principles of fair geographic distribution and rotation that are to govern the election of members to the intergovernmental committee. The more numerous we are, the better our chances of seeing the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions become a reality, grow stronger, take root.” To read Mr. Diouf’s remarks in their entirety, click here.