The Bureau of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), meeting at Nouméa in New Caledonia, from Frebruary 3 to 4, 2006, acclaims the adoption by UNESCO of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as well as its ratification by Canada and Québec. Furthermore, it « calls upon the Member States and Governments of la Francophonie to follow this example within the best possible times, and to ratify, agree upon, approve this Convention or join it, according to their respective constitutional procedures, if possible upon the occasion of March 20, the day of la Francophonie ».
In other respects, APF, which regoups parliamentarians from 74 parliaments or interparliamentarian organizations spread out over the five continents, recalls that it has committed itself for several years in favor of acknowledging, through international law, the right of States to determine and conduct cultural policies endangered today by the free trade of culture goods and services. And that it has always decided in favour of a text, equal in its legal scope, to that of trade agreements and other international treaties and for setting up a cooperation framework in favour of developing countries. Therefore, it underlines among other things « that it is every people’s right to ensure that no free trade ruling of any kind should imperil its capacity to promote its own culture and identity ».