The Québec launch of the UNESCO Global Report Re│Shaping Cultural Policies by Danielle Cliche, secretary of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, was held on May 9 at the opening night of the International Symposium on the Measurement of Digitized Cultural Products.
Ms. Cliche introduced her report with a look back at how the global cultural landscape has evolved since the Convention was adopted in 2005 and how the Convention has affected that evolution. The report includes a discussion of the digital revolution and the stronger policies adopted by some of the Parties to the Convention, which Ms. Cliche referenced in highlighting one of the Convention’s four objectives, that of supporting sustainable systems of governance for culture. The three others are (2) Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals; (3) Integrate culture in sustainable-development frameworks; and (4) Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
More than 140 people from diverse communities attended the launch, including many from the field of culture in Québec. Éric Théroux, assistant deputy minister for Policy, Francophone and Multilateral Affairs at Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie also took the floor, inviting attendees to respond to UNESCO’s call for proposals for the next edition of the Global Report in 2017 and to develop a new set of indicators for use in monitoring implementation of the Convention.
The launch came in the wake of a call by UNESCO to raise awareness in civil society about issues relating to the diversity of cultural expressions. Québec’s response reaffirmed its support for the Convention, which recognizes the right of States and governments to adopt policies and measures to support culture.
Ms. Cliche took advantage of her Québec visit to take part in other sessions of the International Symposium on the Measurement of Digitized Cultural Products. She moderated the session on measuring the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital age, with a panel comprising Heritiana Ranaivoson, senior researcher and project leader at iMinds-SMIT at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Destiny Tchéhouali, researcher at UQAM’s CEIM Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization, and Michèle Rioux, UQAM professor with the Department of Political Science and director of CEIM. Included in discussions were ideas about measuring the diversity of cultural expressions in the distribution and circulation of digital cultural products.
The Symposium was jointly hosted by the OCCQ Culture and Communications Observatory (Observatoire de la Culture et des Communications du Québec) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and looked at the way digital has transformed the way cultural materials are created, produced, and disseminated. Statisticians and researchers in fields such as e-commerce and copyright came together for the event, which ran from May 9 to 11, 2016.
Videos of the sessions are available on the OCCQ website.