Cultural diversity

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Diversité culturelle – l’engagement de la Francophonie : "Au-delà du succès de l’UNESCO, la mobilisation doit être maintenue"

M. Ablassé OUÉDRAOGO, envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général de la Francophonie, le Journal de l’Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF), no 34, octobre-novembre-décembre 2003 - 2003/10-11-12

This edition of the Journal de l’AIF also treats la Francophonie’s commitment to the issue of cultural diversity. It reports that the threat to cultural diversity has strengthened the determination of its defenders who pulled together during the 32nd session of the UNESCO General Conference (Paris, September 29 - October 17, 2003), where an overwhelming majority pronounced itself for the development of an International Convention on the Promotion and Preservation of Cultural Diversity. The Journal recalls that since the Cotonou Declaration and the Cotonou Action Plan for cultural diversity in 2001, la Francophonie has been soundly involved in the defence and promotion of cultural diversity against globalization, and that its efforts have also been applied to mobilizing Francophone States and governments through regional informational meetings organized by the AIF, among others. In this regard, la Francophonie Secretary-General special envoy, former Deputy Director General of the WTO and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso, Ablassé Ouédraogo, stresses that beyond the success at UNESCO, “the fight has yet to begin and must be carried out with attention and perseverance so that the content of the International Convention on Cultural Diversity responds to the actual goals of UNESCO members, and especially to the concerns of developing countries who need to implement real national policies on cultural development.” (Available in French only)