Mr. Michel Audet, Québec representative on the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, took the floor during the 2nd session of the Conference of Parties. After noting the involvement of civil society in the work to implement the Convention, Mr. Audet saluted the U40–World Forum, which, on the initiative of the German Commission for UNESCO and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, was an opportunity for young experts to discuss Convention implementation.
He also drew attention to the International Network of Lawyers for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, a group whose goals include the initiation of independent reflection on issues around the implementation and interpretation of the Convention and the provision of legal support services for Convention implementation to governments and members of civil society who request it.
Regarding follow-up to the 2nd session of the Conference of Parties, Mr. Audet declared, “When all is said and done, we intend to continue in the coming years to promote reflection on Convention objectives through the Québec government’s Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine website and weekly newsletter on the diversity of culture expressions. We draw your attention to a new essay by Professor Ivan Bernier, an independent, internationally recognized expert, soon to be available on this website, which will discuss the scope and interpretation of articles 20 and 21 of the Convention. Professor Bernier’s text is, as always, his own work and does not represent the opinion of the Government of Québec or the Government of Canada.”
Professor Ivan Bernier’s essay will be available shortly in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic.