Cultural diversity


April 18, 2016

10 years 2005 convention UNESCO.

The ratification and implementation of the Convention continue!

The 10th anniversary of the Convention in 2015 saw a wealth of initiatives relating to the diversity of cultural expressions. It all wound up on a high note with the launch of the first UNESCO Global Report on the Monitoring of the 2005 Convention in December at the ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee.

Two new states recently ratified the Convention: Samoa in November 2015 and Ghana in January 2016. This means that there are now 142 Parties to the Convention (141 states and 1 regional economic integration organization).

This latest issue of the Newsletter features the latest publications and best practices from the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. It also includes activities to take place in 2016.

Interview with Solange Drouin

“In working with the Coalition for Cultural Diversity to ensure states have the power, now and in the future, to establish their own cultural policies—a principle that is integral to the UNESCO Convention—I really feel that I fought for something that gives meaning to all of the challenges we face every day as cultural organizations.”

Solange Drouin, co-president of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity

Read the full interview - Solange Drouin.

Recent Publications

Results from the 9th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

RIJDEC study on renewing cultural exemptions in the digital age

UNESCO Global Report

United Nations resolution on culture and sustainable development

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Government of Québec contributes $50,000 to International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Six projects supported by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity in 2016

New national committee for the promotion and protection of cultural diversity

New program to build mobility and preferential treatment capacity


International Symposium on the Measurement of Digitized Cultural Products

Copyright in the Digital Era Forum

Discoverability Summit

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  • 19 and 20: European Culture Forum, Brussels, Belgium
  • 9–11: International Symposium on the Measurement of Digitized Cultural Products, Montréal, Québec
  • 10 and 11 : Discoverability Summit, Toronto, Ontario
  • 12 and 13: Copyright in the Digital Era: Issues and Perspectives, Montréal, Québec
  • 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 5– 9: International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Seoul, South Korea
  • 18–21: 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture, Valletta, Malta
  • 19 and 20: 16th Summit of La Francophonie, Antananarivo, Madagascar