Cultural diversity

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A giant leap forward for OIF member states and governments

The secretary-general of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, has hailed the pioneering role played by the Francophonie in the process that led to the speedy ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. “It’s a giant leap forward for member states and governments belonging to the Francophonie, especially for artists, cultural institutions, and industries in the southern hemisphere,” he stated in a press release. The secretary-general noted that “this text proves that culture is not a mere commodity. The convention must now encourage Member States to come up with and implement ambitious cultural policies, notably by way of increased international cooperation.”