Vol. 7, no 18, Sunday, November 4, 2007
The Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
IN THIS ISSUE :
UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions came into effect on Sunday, March 18, 2007. At press time, 62 states had ratified the treaty. Recently, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Cuba, and Bangladesh deposited their ratification instruments with UNESCO, thereby joining the ranks of Member States to the Convention.
More than ever, the mobilization campaign to encourage Member States who haven’t already done so to ratify the treaty must continue 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.
The Secretary General of La Francophonie, Mr. Abdou Diouf, congratulated Romanian director Cristian Mungiu on being awarded the Palme d’Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival for his film 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days. According to Mr. Diouf, Mr. Mungiu’s success at Cannes is a “recognition of the intrinsic talent of this young Romanian filmmaker, whose creativity and courage in dealing with serious social issues have stood him apart over the years.” He added that “the diverse range of films that triumphed at Cannes this year is eloquent testimony to the rightness of our struggle to preserve the cultural diversity that underpins artistic creativity.”
Mr. Diouf also declared that “this marks more than the talent of a new generation of Romanian filmmakers. It marks the birth of a true film industry in Romania, proof that our commitment to cultural diversity is well founded given the impetus it provides to the creation of economic wealth and employment.”
On April 16, 2007, we announced the publication by Mr. Ivan Bernier, professor emeritus at Université Laval’s Faculty of Law in Québec City, Canada, of a working paper entitled “An Important Aspect of the Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: The International Fund for Cultural Diversity.” We are pleased to announce that it is now available in four languages ( French, English, Spanish, and Arabic).
The first regular session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is fast approaching (June 18 to 20, 2007), and we would like to once again draw your attention to two working papers on the implementation of the Convention, which are available on our website. The first document, entitled “The International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Conciliation as a Dispute Resolution Method in the Cultural Sector,” by Ivan Bernier and Nathalie Latulippe, is available in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. The other, entitled “Implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions—Future Actions,” by Ivan Bernier in collaboration with Hélène Ruiz Fabri, is available in five languages ( French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and German).
The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced the publication of “FOCUS 2007, World Film Market Trends.” This document contains key figures on the world’s biggest film industries. It provides recent figures and a concise, country-by-country analysis of results and tendencies. Published since 1998 by the Marché du film ( Cannes, France), FOCUS is produced by the Markets & Financing Information Department of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Click here for the 1998 to 2007 editions of the publication.
On the occasion of the Cannes International Film Market, the French Directorate for the Development of the Media (Direction du développement des médias - DDM) and the European Audiovisual Observatory are publishing a study on the development of video-on-demand (VoD) in 24 European countries. The study has been carried out by NPA Conseil.
The study analyses the various technical methods used for video-on-demand, the different economic models applied, the debate on regulation, and the place of video-on-demand in the cinematographic and audiovisual industry. A detailed analysis of about 150 services operating in 24 countries is provided. The study is available in French, English, and German. Click here for more information and to order a copy of the study.
The May 2007 edition of the International Organization of La Francophonie newsletter ( La Francophonie en brèves ) announced that 121 works were competing in the 2007 edition of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. The newsletter stated that 82 publishers from 12 countries had submitted novels written in French, by authors of 20 different nationalities. Four reading committees are currently working on preselecting 10 finalists for the award by the international jury presided over by Congolese writer Henri Lopes. The winner will be announced in October 2007 in Brussels.
The Prix des cinq continents was created by the International Organization of La Francophonie in 2001. It honors a novel that describes a specific cultural experience that enriches the French language. It is open to French-language authors at all points in their careers and promotes the expression of cultural and literary diversity of the French language on all five continents.
The 15th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, June 28 to 29, 2007. According to the UNESCO website “this annual meeting aims at strengthening the protection and promotion of cultural diversity in all its forms and taking into account the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001), the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).”
Established in 1989 at the first meeting of ministers of culture of the region held in Brazil, the Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean includes 33 countries from the region. Click here to find our more about the Forum.
According to the UNESCO website, television and multimedia productions focusing on reports, features, and documentaries are being sought for the Boundless Media Award, which honors cultural diversity and crossborder journalism.
The Boundless Media Award aims to improve the professional interplay and exchange of experiences of young journalists from different cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the area of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The winners of the competition will participate in the Young Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Intercultural Journalism that will initiate its international six-week training program in 2008. In seminars and practical workshops in Cologne, Germany, the winners will meet media experts from different countries and gain valuable intercultural and journalistic qualifications. Internships at broadcasting corporations in the area of the European Broadcasting Union and the Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) will offer further professional and personal experiences for the winners of the competition.
The Boundless Media Award and the Young Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Intercultural Journalism are a joint initiative of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), the EBU, the COPEAM, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France Télévisions and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF).
Candidates must be young multimedia and/or television journalists between the ages of 21 and 35 from a country of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) and/or the area of the European Broadcasting Union and the Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators.
The application deadline is June 29, 2007.
Click here for more information on things like procedures and eligible countries.