To mark the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity is organizing a round table on the theme "Review and Prospects." The meeting will be held in Paris on November 17. The event program provides the following description and questions that will be addressed:
"The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is the first international legal instrument to formally recognize the specific nature of cultural goods and services and the legitimate right of States to set up and implement their own cultural policies.
Since it was adopted five years ago, the Convention has been ratified by 114 States and the Intergovernmental Committee is working to bring about an effective implementation of the Convention. But an uneven geographical distribution of State parties still remains and it is of the utmost importance to maintain efforts to raise the awareness of States and civil society and to encourage the ratification of the Convention by as many States as possible, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area and in the Arabic world. What is the legal force of this Convention? Where does it rank in the hierarchy of international instruments? Which important States parties are still missing? How could States be encouraged and convinced to ratify the Convention? What role can civil society play in the promotion and implementation of the Convention? What are the first effects of the Convention? Are cultural and audiovisual services dealt with in any different way in the international, regional or bilateral trade negotiations conducted by States parties to the Convention, and in particular by the European Union? What are the dangers, present or to come? How could the International Fund for Cultural Diversity be developed so it becomes a central tool for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions?"
For more information on this event and on how to take part, visit the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.