Cultural diversity


July 2018 issue
Actualités – Convention de 2005 Unesco

Maria Mourani appointed Québec representative to UNESCO

On December 5, 2017, Maria Mourani succeeded Julie Miville-Dechêne as Québec’s representative to UNESCO. Ms. Mourani was a member of Canada’s House of Commons from 2006 to 2015 and served as critic for public safety and national security, justice, heritage, status of women, and human rights.

Adoption of the joint declaration on the Internet and the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital environment by France and Québec

France and Québec reaffirmed the importance of the operational guidelines relating to the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the digital environment. Both note that digital technology has a major impact on their societies and stress the importance of the principles of openness and accessibility of the Web. They subsequently targeted 12 actions they would like to collaborate on.

These actions include:

  • Encouraging the use of digital technology for the dissemination and discoverability of Francophone cultural works and products on local and international networks
  • Developing technical knowledge and infrastructure to ensure sustainable access to digital cultural content
  • Strengthening the level of digital knowledge and skills within the cultural community and the general public as well as the take-up of new digital practices
  • Facilitating more balanced trade in cultural goods and services from developing countries in the digital environment, particularly within the Francophonie

Read all the actions proposed by France and Québec, in French only (UNESCO website).

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2018 calendar


  • 26 to 29 : Twentieth International Conference on Cultural Economics, Melbourne, Australia


  • 21 to 25 : Tenth International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Tallinn, Estonia


  • 17 : Third edition of the UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21 Award, Mexico City, Mexico


  • 20 : Thirteenth anniversary of the adoption of the 2005 Convention


  • 11 to 14 : Twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention, Paris, France

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