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Results from the 9th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

The 9th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IC) of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions took place December 14 to 16, 2015, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Here are the main results:

Preparation of operational guidelines regarding digital issues

  • The Secretariat will coordinate with the Parties to develop preliminary draft operational guidelines for addressing digital issues, incorporating deliberations from this 9th session of the IC.
  • The Secretariat will continue its work on digital issues and their potential impacts on implementation of the Convention, reporting its conclusions at the 10th session of the IC.

Preferential treatment, international coordination, and cooperation (articles 16 and 21)

  • The Secretariat will consult the Parties, international organizations, and civil society in 2016 to collect and analyze information on the implementation and impact of articles 16 and 21, including digital technology.
  • The Secretariat will set up a training module on implementing articles 16 and 21.

Assessing civil society participation

  • The Committee recognizes the fundamental importance of civil society in raising awareness about the Convention, working with its governing bodies, and supporting the Parties as they develop and implement cultural policy.
  • It encourages the Parties to consult and collaborate with civil society to develop cultural policy and prepare quadrennial periodic reports.
  • The Secretariat will make discussion of the role of civil society in implementation of the Convention an agenda item for all future meetings.

Quadrennial periodic reports

  • The Secretariat has reviewed five quadrennial periodic reports.
  • A number of Parties will submit their first or second quadrennial periodic report in 2016.

A report on the decisions made during the Committee’s 9th session is available in English and French on the UNESCO website