Cultural diversity

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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 3, no 2, Monday, February 24, 2003

Declaration commune Franco-Allemande a l'occasion du 40eme anniversaire du traite de l'Elysee

In the “Interesting Links” section, we added a link to the Cultural Watchdog Committee, the main organizer of the Second International Meeting of Cultural Professional Associations held recently in Paris. This Website provides a wide variety of information on this committee and on cultural diversity.

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Coalition pour la diversité culturelle, UNESCO et Réseau international sur la politique culturelle

UPDATE The “Coalition for Cultural Diversity,”  “UNESCO,” and “International Network on Cultural Policy” sections have been updated. We invite you to have a look at them!

 

 

 

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Declaration commune Franco-Allemande a l'occasion du 40eme anniversaire du traite de l'Elysee

Palais de l'Elysée, mercredi 22 janvier 2003

In this common declaration, which stresses Franco-German friendship and the two countries’ common responsibility to Europe, French president Jacques Chirac and German chancellor Gerhard Schröder wish to “initiate negotiations this year to develop an International Convention on Cultural Diversity within UNESCO.” (Available in French only)

Consulat général de France à Munich

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Déclaration commune à la presse du Dr. Christina Weiss, Ministre d’etat déléguée du gouvernement fédéral à la culture et aux médias et de Jean Jacques Aillagon, Ministre de la culture et de la communication

Lundi 10 février 2003

Discussing their views on the current negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), Ms Christina Weiss, Deputy Minister of State for Culture and Medias for the German federal government, and Mr. Jean-Jacques Aillagon, French Minister for Culture and Communications, declare that the desired liberalization must not jeopardize the European cultural landscape. They also agree on the “necessity of protecting cultural diversity in Europe and beyond,” and reaffirm “their commitment to back UNESCO’s adoption of an International Convention on Cultural Diversity. (Available in French and English only)

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication de France

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Cabinet de Monsieur Hervé Hasquin, Ministre Président du gouvernement de la communauté Française Wallonie

BRUXELLES - Communiqué de presse du 31 janvier 2003

In this release, minister-president Hervé Hasquin announces that he will be in Paris for the INCP meeting and Second International Meeting of Cultural Professional Associations to deliver an informative message expressing his support of cultural diversity and consideration of a WTO binding international legal instrument on trade that takes into account the uniqueness of cultural goods and services. He asserts that it is time to draw up and adopt as quickly as possible an international convention that not only preserves but maintains this diversity. In his opinion, a cultural diversity “state of emergency” should be declared now that major international trade agreements are up for discussion. Hasquin also intends to “look into how UNESCO plans to help tackle this challenge” in order to make a contribution. (Available in French only)

Communauté française WallonieBruxelles de Belgique

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Les services audiovisuels dans les négociations du gats. Contribution de l'UE à la consultation publique sur les demandes d'accès au marché communautaire

17 janvier 2003

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) argues that its audiovisual services must not be liberalized as their cultural, political, and social role makes them entirely unique and, as such, a guarantee of cultural diversity and pluralism in the media. The EBU adheres to the negotiation mandate defined by the European Council and, as a result, due to the lack of appropriate internationally recognized safeguards, recommends “that audiovisual services make no liberalization commitments while current GATS negotiations are underway.” The EBU would like a Convention on Cultural Diversity to give rise to legal measures that further diversify sources of audiovisual products and provide better conditions for producing and distributing them. (Available in French and English only)

Union européenne de radiotélévision

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Pour une exception culturelle mondiale la diversité du cinéma est en danger si les films sont traités en pures marchandises

Le Nouvel Observateur n° 1996 6/2/2003

In this article, Mr. Volker Schlöndorff contends that culture must be treated as a living organism and “protected as an endangered species.” He notably would like films to be treated differently than other products covered in WTO-style trade agreements and argues that all assistance measures that support these works be exempted from trade regulations, and that their integrity be protected. (Available in French only)

Les débats de l’Obs.

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Pour un conseil mondial des cultures malgré un métissage musical sans précédent, la diversité est illusoire

Le Nouvel Observateur n° 1996 6/2/2003

Noting the threats that hang over cultural diversity, Patrick Zelnik observes that international trade liberalization leads to a dichotomy in distribution speeds. He concludes that only positive discriminatory measures in favor of independents will level the playing field. According to Zelnik, in order to keep globalization in check, UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity must be given ample practical scope through the creation of a “Global Council on Cultures parallel to the Security Council.” (Available in French only)

Les débats de l’Obs.

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[Translate to Anglais:] L'audiovisuel a peur pour ses quotas a Paris, 35 pays se préparent à une possible ouverture du marché Européen

Lundi 03 février 2003

In this article, Édouard Launet addresses the issues raised at the Paris Second International Meeting on Culture, whose objective was to inform, alert, and refine an “international legal instrument” that definitively shielded the cultural sector from new pressures. He asks if this is another war against a “second coming of the MAI?” (Multilateral Agreement on Investment). He also mentions the threats WTO audiovisual market liberalization poses to cultural diversity. Faced with these dangers, those countries represented that are convinced that “culture must not yield to trade” have mobilized to combat for diversity. (Available in French only).

Libération.

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