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Cultural Expressions Under Threat in the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, by Ivan Bernier

We announce the publication of a study entitled Cultural Expressions Under Threat in the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, by Professor Ivan Bernier.

Following a brief examination of the provisions of the Preliminary Draft Convention that served as a starting point for the government experts’ negotiation on cultural expressions under threat, Professor Bernier discusses Convention provisions that refer explicitly to this issue and looks at the draft operational guidelines adopted in June 2008 by the Intergovernmental Committee that will be submitted for the approval of the Conference of Parties in June 2009.

In the conclusion, the author states, “The significance of Convention provisions concerning cultural expressions under threat must not be underestimated. In the debates surrounding their adoption, it was clear that for many countries, particularly developing ones, this is a problem that must be taken very seriously.” 

The study is available on our website in French, English, and Spanish. An Arabic version is being prepared.