Cultural diversity

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The Swiss Council of States has opened the door to Switzerland’s ratification of two UNESCO conventions promoting culture

Switzerland’s UNESCO Commission has announced that on March 4, 2008, the Swiss Council of States clearly confirmed the massive support already expressed by the National Council in December 2007 in favor of Switzerland’s ratification of the 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and the 2005 Convention for the Promotion and the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Commission writes that “both federal chambers have resolutely followed the government’s lead so that Switzerland can play a full part in the two latest UNESCO cultural agreements.”

“Switzerland’s UNESCO Commission, which has closely followed the ratification process from the very beginning, is delighted that Switzerland will very shortly be able to again demonstrate its commitment to promoting cultural diversity on the world stage by joining the many other UNESCO Member States already party to the conventions, which have come into effect in record time.”

“By acceding to these UNESCO-negotiated texts, Switzerland will give itself the means with which to identify and promote its living heritage, which it will also be able to add to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage,” the Commission continued. “Its cultural policies will also enable it to protect its cultural creations from the effects of a single pervasive culture.”

“Finally,” the press release concludes, “Our country will be able to meet the principles of open, balanced, and mutually beneficial cultural cooperation.”