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Online database launched for Article 21 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Article 21 (International Consultation and Coordination) of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions requires Parties to accept responsibility for promoting the Convention’s objectives and principles. For that purpose, Parties may, and in parallel with their individual activities and initiatives, hold consultations on the subject in the interests of the Convention.

At its third ordinary session, the Conference of Parties to the Convention requested "the Secretariat to present, in relation to Article 21, a compendium of cases wherein the Convention is invoked or utilized in other international fora for examination by the Committee at each ordinary session" (Resolution 3.CP 11).

The Secretariat did so using two questionnaire-based consultations with the Parties to the Convention in 2011 and 2012. This exercise allowed the Parties to identify initiatives for promoting Convention objectives and principles in various international fora and documents that refer to the Convention (including trade liberalization agreements).

The Secretariat database went online in November 2012, documenting information gathered during consultations on the implementation of Article 21. Parties are invited and encouraged to share experiences and practices, by submitting relevant documents and information on events. Other stakeholders (civil society, international organizations) are equally invited to participate in this information collection effort.

The database also contains a section with periodic reports of Parties to the Convention along with information (in the form of project profiles, updates, and so on) on the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

To consult the database, please visit the UNESCO website.

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