Cultural diversity

Your Views

We would like to know how your organization or government plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Please send us your plans, and anything else you would like to share, to: SGDC@mcc.gouv.qc.ca.

 

News from the International Network of Lawyers for  the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The International Network of Lawyers for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions  (Réseau international des juristes pour la diversité des expressions culturelles - RIJDEC) has announced its activities for 2015, including plans to celebrate  the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Highlights:

  • Attendance at the international symposium “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: 10 years later, what are the issues and challenges facing state cultural policies? “

    • Organized by the Faculty of Law of Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) in collaboration with the Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Québec's Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS), May 28 to 30, 2015, at Université Laval
  • Submission of a new two-phase report on Convention implementation in the digital era: 

    • A first section on means to implement the Convention  in the digital era is slated for release in June 2015. The purpose of this section is to demonstrate that the Convention is technologically neutral and  explore the instruments (e.g., operational guidelines) available to the Parties  to guide their actions toward effective implementation of the Convention in the  digital environment.
    • A second section, coming in October 2015, will discuss  the relationship between the Convention and regional economic agreements  (REAs). Its purpose will be to clarify interactions between the Convention and  REAs, particularly with regard to protection and promotion of the diversity of  cultural expressions in the digital environment.

The report is being produced with the support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. The two sections will serve to spur debate and discussion respectively at the 5th ordinary session of the Conference of Parties (June 10–12, 2015) and the international symposium being organized by Mons, European Capital of Culture, to mark the Convention's 10th anniversary (end of October 2015).

Founded in October 2008 by Ivan Bernier, professor emeritus, Faculty of Law, Université Laval, and by Véronique Guèvrement, associate professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval, RIJDEC has some 50 members in 21 different countries—legal experts, practitioners, and academia involved and/or interested in Convention implementation.

To learn more, see the RIJDEC website.

To learn more about the symposium, consult the schedule on the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.