The Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has published the decisions from the seventh ordinary session. Among other agenda items, the Committee rendered a decision on the implementation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), the impact of Article 21, and the impact of digital technologies on the Convention.
In addition, the Intergovernmental Committee invited the Parties, international organizations, and other members of civil society to use the Web platform to inform the Secretariat of the impacts and implementation of Article 21 of the 2005 Convention.
During the session, the Committee also examined the quadrennial periodic reports of the Parties received in 2013. A total of 65 periodic reports were submitted in 2012 and 2013, including 25 new reports that are now available online. The Committee also encouraged the Parties that had not yet submitted their reports to do so by the end of April 2014. The Committee acknowledged the challenges posed by digital technologies and invited the Parties to include a section on this issue when submitting their 2014 and 2015 reports.
To read the decisions and new quadrennial periodic reports, visit the 2005 UNESCO Convention website.
The seventh ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee was held in Paris December 10 to 13, 2013. The Committee meets once a year for an ordinary session and is composed of 24 representatives of the Parties to the 2005 Convention, who are elected every four years.