Cultural diversity

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UNESCO director-general is pleased with the ratification of the Convention by the European Community and 13 of its Member States

In Brussels on December 19, 2006, the European Commission held a ceremony to celebrate the ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions by the European Community and 13 of its Member States. In a speech delivered for the occasion, UNESCO director-general Koïchiro Matsuura stated that this commitment on the part of the European Community meant that the 30 ratifications required for the Convention to come into effect had been reached and surpassed. “The Convention will come into effect on March 18, and I will do everything possible to ensure that the first Assembly of Member States takes place as soon as possible thereafter.” After reminding the parties that by signing the 2005 Convention they were committed to a legal and operational procedure involving many actors, Mr. Matsuura declared, “It is my hope that we will continue to collectively meet this common responsibility, which consists of placing cultural diversity—the cornerstone of communal harmony—at the forefront of our political agendas.”