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Extensive mobilization within UNESCO around the preliminary draft convention on cultural diversity

At the first meeting of intergovernmental experts regarding an instrument on cultural diversity, 600 experts representing 132 UNESCO member countries, as well as numerous observers, 19 international organizations, and 20 nongovernmental organizations gathered in Paris from September 20 to 24 to review the preliminary draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions.

After opening the meeting, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura emphasized that this first stage of negotiation was important for the Organization, and that the proposed preliminary draft is a good starting point for discussions. He stressed the need, given the enormous challenges of this Convention, to present the next General Conference with a text that reflects a consensus, although it is normal and desirable for debate to arise and different opinions to be expressed at this initial phase of discussion.

In accordance with the rules of procedure, this first intergovernmental meeting of experts on the preliminary draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions elected a chair and board, and formed a 24 member drafting committee open to observers.

Info-UNESCO : http://portal.unesco.org/fr/ev.php-URL_ID=22793&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Rules of procedure: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/admin/file_download.php/Fr-Reglement-conf201-4.pdf?URL_ID=21755&filename=109023010615Fr-Reglement-conf201-4.pdf&filetype=application%2Fpdf&filesize=119927&name=Fr-Reglement-conf201-4.pdf&location=user-S/


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