Cultural diversity

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Press release of Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of La Francophonie, on completion of the 63rd session of the Permanent Council of the International Organization of La Francophonie

Chaired by Abdou Diouf, Secrétaire général de la Francophonie, the 63rd session of the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (PCF) took place April 16, 2007, in Paris, France. In a press release of interest to promoters of cultural diversity, Mr. Diouf expressed satisfaction at the entry into force of Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, March 18, 2007. After commenting on the Convention, the secretary general also took the opportunity to draw attention to an important concern, declaring “The battle, however, is far from won. It is essential that La Francophonie be fairly and broadly represented in order to make its voice heard inside the implementation bodies. We also have a duty—each in our geographical region— to convince non-French-speaking countries who share our concerns and convictions in this regard.”