Martí Petit, research director at the Catalan Broadcasting Authority, recently published an article entitled Basis and Proposals for Catalan (Para)diplomacy in UNESCO: The Importance of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Here is an excerpt:
The 21st century offers Catalonia a much broader horizon to strengthen its international presence. First, globalization has been steadily chipping away at the role of nation states and the monopoly they have held on international relations since the dawn of the modern state. Second, the new Statute of Autonomy is a major tool (albeit not an indispensable one, as will be argued below) for action in certain spheres of the global arena, in particular Articles 193 to 200 of the Statute, which together comprise Title V, Chapter III, 'Foreign activities of the Catalan Government.'
One sphere in which Catalonia has begun to play an important role and enjoys a wealth of possibilities is UNESCO. UNESCO allows participation by bodies that are not strictly states, but whose spheres of action encompass culture (intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, local and regional governments, etc.). Within this favorable context, the Convention on Cultural Diversity is an ideal platform to find new ways for sub-central governments to participate in the governance of globalization.
The article is available in Catalan and English on the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.