In the scope of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CIDEC) held recently in Québec City under the auspices of APF and the National Assembly of Québec in cooperation with OIF and UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, of UNESCO, spoke with APF. The following is a summary.
General-Director Bokova stressed the importance of ratifying this standard-setting instrument, adding that two-thirds of the 75 members and observers of OIF have already done so. These countries represent 46% of the Parties to the Convention, which Bokova sees as a clear indication of OIF's commitment to cultural diversity. As further evidence of that commitment, she mentioned the Montreux Declaration, which urged states to join the Convention.
She also called on the Parties to contribute to the Fund, which is in dire need and which is intended to promote the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in support of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
In her closing remarks, she stated that " La Francophonie dedicated itself to the creation and adoption of the Convention. The parliamentarians of La Francophonie now have a major role to play in implementing and monitoring the Convention and involving civil society in the process."
The full text of her speech is available on the website of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie.