Cultural diversity

Newsletter
The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 7, no 8, Monday, March 12, 2007

Special Message Bulletin readership keeps on growing!

When Québec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) launched the cultural diversity website in autumn 2001, the goal was to show the importance of developing an international instrument for cultural diversity that would recognize the right of states and governments to develop and apply cultural policy in a trade environment where that right was increasingly being challenged.

At the time, the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was only a project and our goal was to gather together a variety of information in one place to support the cause of cultural diversity and policy, while providing a news bulletin to monitor trends and events. We had no notion of the interest the site and bulletin would stir up and hoped only that our work would not go to waste.

Allow us to share with you a few figures that illustrate the interest in our services—Bulletin readership just keeps on growing!

In the month of December 2006 alone:

  • The MCC site for cultural diversity recorded 30,584 hits. That’s 1,000 hits a day, on a site that deals with complex and highly specialized subjects
  • The average visit to the site lasted just over 28 minutes. With 10 minutes considered remarkable, this statistic shows that visitors are taking time to explore the site, find the information they’re looking for, and read it on screen or copy it—5,514 files were copied over the month
  • Our visitors came from 86 different countries

These figures show the number of visitors to our website, but do not illustrate the full scope of our influence. We currently have more than 3,500 subscribers to our bulletin, many of whom send it on to colleagues interested in the subject all over the world.

As we prepare to update our site and improve usability, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest.

The Secrétariat à la diversité culturelle team, Ministère
de la Culture et des Communications, Québec

IN THIS ISSUE :

Convention Update

Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

Recent Publications

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Other News of Interest



Convention Update

Convention update

Having reached the threshold of 30 ratifications, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will come into effect on March 18, 2007, while the ratification campaign continues apace. At the time of writing, the total of 50 states have deposited their instruments of ratification with UNESCO and are now party to the Convention.

More than ever, the mobilization campaign targeting Member States who have yet to ratify the treaty must be pursued with commitment and conviction. The Convention’s legitimacy will be directly proportional to the number of countries from all parts of the world that ratify, accept, approve, or join the treaty.

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Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

UNESCO : Information Meeting on the Entry into Force of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions— 2007/03/23

UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will take effect on March 18, 2007. UNESCO has just published a press release to announce that UNESCO’s director general will meet with Permanent Delegates and Observers to UNESCO on 23 March to present the main lines of UNESCO’s plans for implementing the Convention and its mechanisms. The press release goes on to say that further information will be given on practical and legal aspects of the Convention, especially with regard to the first session of the Conference of Parties, which will take place this year. This presentation will be followed by an exchange of views with all UNESCO Permanent Delegates and Observers. The information meeting will take place at UNESCO House, in Paris, France, in Room XII, from11 am to 1 pm.

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Recent Publications

Cultural Diversity and Globalization: the Arab-Japanese Experience

Cultural Diversity and Globalization: the Arab-Japanese Experience presents the proceedings of the symposium Cultural Diversity and Globalization: the Arab-Japanese Experience: a Cross-Regional Dialogue , held at UNESCO headquarters, May 6 and 7, 2004, as part of UNESCO's Arabia Plan. The document presents the proceedings under the symposium’s three themes: “Sharing the Experience: Modernization in Japan and the Arab World,” “Exploring the Common Goal: Sustaining Cultural Diversity,” and “New Avenues to Promote Intercultural Dialogue.” The document is available on line, in English or French.

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Diversité culturelle et culture de paix, par Fabien Jakob – 2006

Paru en 2006, aux Éditions Bénévent, le livre intitulé « Diversité culturelle et culture de paix », de l’auteur Fabien Jakob. Cet ouvrage traite du rôle de la diversité culturelle et des droits culturels dans un contexte de développement durable et de paix. Pour une description de cet ouvrage, consulter le site Internet du Réseau européen du patrimoine.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Round Table on a project to establish an exchange platform for Portuguese-language public television broadcasters — 2007/03/5–7

A round table was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from March 5 to 7, 2007 to study a project to establish an exchange platform for Portuguese-language public television broadcasters at the instigation of UNESCO, the Executive Secretariat of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and Portugal’s National Commission for UNESCO. According to a UNESCO press release, this project to create an inter-regional network “targets the production, co-production and exchange of quality content (news, documentaries, sports, educational and youth programs, etc.) via satellite and Internet.” The press release goes on to state that “the long-term objective of the project is to create propitious conditions for the launch of a global Portuguese-language television network respectful of cultural diversity in the Portuguese-speaking world. ” The goal of the round table was to allow participants to examine the network’s needs and possibilities, as well as the potential partnerships and resource-raising strategies available. A number of other topics related to training, archives, content sharing and procedures were also tackled.

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Other News of Interest

Workshops on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of the Cultural Expressions in Central America ─ 2007/03/27-30

Workshops will be held in Costa Rica, March 27; Nicaragua, March 28; Honduras, March 29; and Guatemala, March 30, to spread the word on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of the Cultural Expressions. The organizers explained that the workshops are designed to “promote ratification [of the Convention], and enhance its potential as a tool to strengthen Central American cultural policies. This action is particularly led in regard to one of the main concerns of the international community: the future of cultural diversity in our increasingly globalized world. ” UNESCO, HIVOS, the AVINA Foundation, the Canadian embassies in Costa Rica and Guatemala, and the French Centre for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation in Central America are sponsoring a mission to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala of Canadian expert Véronique Guèvremont. A public seminar, as well as a meeting with institutional authorities and civil servants will be organized in each country. This initiative of the Canadian and French embassies is organized in conjunction with Francophone Week celebrations that will take place in March.

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