Cultural diversity

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"The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: What the Professionals Need"

Mme Katerina Marinaki, vice-présidente de la Fédération des scénaristes d’Europe, Membre du Réseau international pour la diversité culturelle (RIDC), le 24 août 2004 - 2004/08/24

In a speech at the Third International Meeting of Cultural Professional Organizations in Seoul, South Korea, Ms Katerina Marinaki declared that “states and governments the world over must use all the political, legal, technical, and economic means available to them to create a global society that respects cultural diversity, creative endeavor, and freedom of artistic expression. A global society that helps smaller countries export artistic works, not artists.” Pointing to the fast pace of technological change as the driving force behind globalization—a phenomenon that is here to stay—she argued that the only way to counter “globalized” culture was to use culture itself, and that the only way to do so was the UNESCO convention, “provided that it was more than simply a compendium of grand principles with few concrete results.” For Ms Marinaki, “Convention rules must take preeminence over all other rules (rights and obligations) established under other international conventions and treaties, especially trade agreements […] To encourage nations of the South to join the Convention, the northern countries should be required to increase access to Southern artistic and cultural works through quotas, tariff measures, and other policy instruments. This would help foster more balanced trade in cultural goods as well as increase choices available to consumers […] To be effective, the Convention must also dictate compulsory measures as well as sanctions in the event of noncompliance with the measures agreed to by the signatory countries. (Available in French) [70]