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On the Relation of a Future International Convention on Cultural Diversity to Other International Agreements

At the close of its 166th session on April 11, 2003, the UNESCO Executive Board unanimously decided, at the request of some of its members, to add the question of “a preliminary study on the technical and legal aspects relating to the desirability of a standard-setting instrument on cultural diversity” to the agenda of the 32nd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, set to begin on September 29, 2003. It also recommended to the General Conference that it “decide to continue action aimed at drawing up a new international standard-setting instrument on cultural diversity and to determine the nature of that instrument.” At the same time, the Executive Board asked UNESCO’s Director General to submit a report to the 32nd session of the General Conference on the preliminary study on the desirability of a new international standard-setting instrument for cultural diversity, along with the observations and decisions made in that regard by the Executive Board, and to include in the report references to the relevant international instruments.


Column by Mr. Ivan Bernier, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at Université Laval in Québec City for Spotlight on Diversity, hosted by the Governmnet of Québec Secretariat for Cultural Diversity

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