The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity notes that from October 11 to 13, 2008, on the eve of the 12th Summit of Heads of State and Government, delegates from national coalitions for cultural diversity and professional cultural organizations from 16 member countries of La Francophonie met in Québec City, Canada, for a progress report on the campaign to ratify and implement the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The meeting also aimed to explore avenues of action for the Convention’s concrete implementation within French-speaking countries.
The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity has published a document entitled “Third Meeting of Coalitions and Professional Cultural Organizations from Countries Belonging to La Francophonie—Québec City Declaration: A Call to Action!” on its website.
The French-language document recalls that the event brought together coalition delegates from the following La Francophonie countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Switzerland, and Togo. Observer delegates from Haiti, Lebanon, and Madagascar were also present.
The Declaration outlines participants’ main findings with regard to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The document then goes on to list the calls and invitations issued by participants for the attention of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and its Member States with regard to the Convention’s ratification and implementation, as well as the commitments undertaken by the coalitions and professional cultural organizations gathered in Québec City.
The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity invites you to consult the Québec City Declaration on its website.