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UNESCO intergovernmental session II, Third Day: Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Summary: The chair introduced a timetable for negotiations for the next week and a half. The discussion on definitions concluded with general consensus on most terms, to be sent to the drafting committee, but with a working group of Brazil, Japan, USA, and Luxembourg (representing the EU) to discuss the definition of 'cultural goods and services' and report back to the plenary tomorrow.

Blow by blow:

The day opened with the president introducing a proposed timetable for negotiations to the plenary. The first series of interventions was the USA, Brasil, and the EU, all asking for the plenary to give the drafting group power to not only provide a list of all opinions expressed, but also to be a forum for negotiation of positions. After a back and forth on process points, and general consensus that working groups could be formed as needed but that the drafting group would be the appropriate place for negotiations on positions to take place, to then be recommended to the plenary, the discussion on definitions continued.

The Chair's summary of the discussion was as follows:

1. culture: majority wants to keep current definition, with some support for adding 'language.' some delegates want to delete the definition.

2. cultural diversity: many delegations feel definition of cultural diversity is vital, with a large number supporting option 2, to delete the final sentence in the original text.

3. cultural expressions: original text supported by the majority. Several delegates requested a definition of cultural contents.

4.cultural goods and services. This is clearly the most important, and will require further discusison. WTO deals with goods and services but doesn't define cultural goods and services. The chair may ask a small group to assist the president on this because of its importance. May ask for a small breakaway group.

5. cultural industries: option 6 seems to have support of the plenary.

6. cultural capital: many want to either amend or remove this.

7. cultural policies: most delegations in favor of the original text.

The chair asked for these positions to be sent to the drafting committee, but with a working group of Brazil, Japan, USA, and Luxembourg (representing the EU) to discuss the definition of 'cultural goods and services' and report back to the plenary tomorrow.
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