Cultural diversity

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Commonwealth heads of government and civil society discuss cultural diversity

Commonwealth heads of government met in Kampala, Uganda, from November 23 to 25, 2007. We invite you to take a look at the press release issued following the meeting.

Among other things in their press release, the heads of government welcomed progress involving civil society in all aspects of the Commonwealth’s work. They noted that a number of ministerial meetings now included provision for dialog with civil society and called for this to be extended where possible. The heads of government also recognized the role of civil society in achieving Commonwealth objectives, including democracy, good governance, development, and respect for cultural diversity.

According to the press release, the heads of government noted the outcome of the Commonwealth People’s Forum, which was also held in Kampala, Uganda, from November 18 to 22, 2007.

Representatives of civil society issued a statement on culture and diversity at the forum. In its final section, they called on Commonwealth member states to ratify the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and meaningfully involve and support civil society in its implementation at national, regional, and international levels, notably in the development and application of cultural policies and strategies.

You can read the declaration on the Commonwealth Foundation website.