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On 20 October 2005 UNESCO finally approved its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. One hundred and fifty-one nations voted in favour of the text, including the 25 members of the European Union and Brazil. Two years of heated negotiations resulted in a document that is 'clear, carefully balanced, and consistent with the principles of international law and fundamental human rights' or, depending on your point of view, 'a charter for unscrupulous governments to erect trade barriers, suppress minority cultures and block the free flow of information.' WACC endorses the call for governments to ratify the new Convention, for civil society to use it both to monitor future bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and as a means to transform international and national policies on culture, media and communication.
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Ratification of Cultural Diversity Convention

[english below]
Subject: Lettre sur la diversité culturelle

Chers amis,

Le travail effectué par les ONG en vue de l'adoption de la Convention sur "la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles" doit se poursuivre en vue de sa ratification par les Etats membres dans les meilleurs délais, afin d'en assurer l'application. C'est pourquoi nous vous invitons à maintenir vos efforts dans les pays où sont présentes vos Organisations. Nous espérons que la lettre jointe pourra vous y aider. Avec mon meilleur souvenir. Françoise Sauvage, Présidente du Comité de Liaison
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UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: CRIS Statement/ UNESCO Convention sur la diversité culturelle: Communiqué CRIS

The campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS:
www.crisinfo.org) welcomes UNESCO's near-unanimous approval of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. The Convention is a clear demonstration that governments recognize that culture cannot be reduced to a mere commodity. By endorsing the Convention, governments have shown that they are prepared to take positive steps to support cultural diversity in the age of global cultural industries.
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UNESCO adopts convention to protect diversity

PARIS, Oct 20 (IPS) - The United Nations cultural body adopted an international treaty Thursday to protect cultural diversity, marking what experts say is a first but important moral victory in the long-running fight to preserve the world's cultural richness.
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CPTech Statement on UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity

This week, 151 countries are supporting UNESCO Convention on the
Protection of Cultural Diversity while the US and Israel are against
it (Australia and the Pacific island of Kiribati are abstaining). This is my take on it. Everyone is focusing on the politics of it (the US isolated again etc) but I am most interested in the cultural exception issue.
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Diversity of Cultural Expressions News

Here is the link to consult the Diversity of Cultural Expressions News of this week: http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/international/diversite-culturelle/eng/index.html

In this edition of our Newsletter: The State Department of the USA held a second public briefing to discuss their work in the negotiations of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity;

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The WTO, the Internet and Trade in Digital Products

Flyer for a new book on electronic trade and WTO: The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies, music and software. As a result, there is a need for a global trade framework applicable to such digitally delivered content products. Yet, digital trade is currently not explicitly recognised by the trade rules and obligations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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State Dept. holds second briefing on UNESCO Convention

On Wednesday, July 27, 2005, the State Department held a second public briefing to discuss their work in the negotiations of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Government delegates from over 180 countries have negotiated the final text of the proposed Convention on Cultural Diversity (CCD). It will be submitted to the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005.
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Diversity of Cultural Expressions News

Diversity of Cultural Expressions News of this week: http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/international/diversite-culturelle/eng/index.html

In this edition of our Newsletter: September 13 to 29: 172nd session of the UNESCO Executive Board; October 3 to 21: 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference; September 12: The Global Alliance international conference ‘Partnerships on the Move’; UNESCO Convention: “Focus Now on Building Strong Vote for Adoption in October” – The mobilization in Canada; Cultural Diversity and Promotion of European and Independent Audiovisual Production:
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NGO REGISTRATION FOR HONG KONG WTO

Details of how NGOs can register to attend the 6th WTO Ministerial
Conference in Hong Kong, 13 to 18 December 2005, are now available at
https://meetings.wto.org/NGO/PreRegistration/ngohome.aspx?Language=3DE
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Report by Garry Neil (INCD) on final round of UNESCO negotiations, 25 May - 5 June 2005

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We are only half way through the third and final meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts which is considering the terms of a Convention on cultural diversity. However, the rhythm of the meeting is well established and it is now possible to contemplate the broad parameters of the final outcome, with only a couple of elements remaining under consideration. The meeting may conclude ahead of schedule [...]
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Protecting Europe's cultural diversity

EUROMEI meeting

A growing concentration of media ownership poses a threat to Europe's cultural diversity, warned media, entertainment and arts trade unionists meeting in Budapest.
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UNESCO convention on cultural diversity: key documents

UNESCO logo Government delegates from over 180 countries approved the final text of the Convention on Cultural Diversity (CCD) at the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005. The CCD (formally known as the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions) is meant to be an international legal agreement to implement the principle that culture cannot be reduced to a commodity. Concretely, it is meant to allow each country to exclude its cultural policies, including 'audiovisual services' - otherwise known as media - from 'free trade' deals like the WTO.

During the negotiations, progressive NGO networks like the International Network on Cultural Diversity and the campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society called for broad civil society support for the CCD, but warned that it should not be subordinated to the WTO and should be written to support cultural and media diversity inside countries, not only between them. In addition, they had a good deal of success in lobbying for the elimination of language supporting the current extremist copyright regime, although they failed to insert references to the importance of the public domain, fair use, and the creative commons.

Now that the CCD has been approved by UNESCO, the next step is ratification by each member country.

Key Documents:
  • Final Text of the convention. [en | fr]
  • Comments by the CRIS campaign [ en | es | fr]
  • Comments by the INCD [word]
  • UNESCO overview of the Convention process
  • Daily reports from the II session of the intergovernmental meeting [Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 8 | 9 | 10| 11| 12 ]
  • US government: April 15 Briefing by the US State Department on their view of the UNESCO convention [download .rtf]
  • Reports from the III (final) session of the intergovernmental meeting: UNESCO report | INCD
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    US firm challenges Canadian film subsidies under NAFTA

    Attached is a legal claim by a US firm against the Canadian government. They are arguing that Canada's subsidies to domestic film production violate NAFTA, and demanding compensation.
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    "Livre Comércio" vs. Imprensa Livre

    Como consequência do colapso do encontro mundial de comércio da OMC, em

    Cancún, ministros de finanças estão se esforçando para aprovar acordos
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    The Economics of Cultural Heritage

    European MPs attempt to influence a new UNESCO convention

    As part of a new series on cultural heritage, Tiscali Europe looks at the political state of play in and around Europe.

    In a recent vote in Strasbourg, MEPs agreed their position on UNESCO's draft international Convention on Cultural Diversity, which is set to beef up global thinking on culture by Autumn 2005. Parliament essentially wants a "binding, standard-setting instrument" for the protection of cultural diversity.
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    US State Department public briefing on the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity

    Friday, April 15. The briefers were Jane Cowley, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State with Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, who were leaders of the negotiating delegation. The briefing took place at The Old Post Office Building, in the President's Council on Arts and Humanities room (Room 520), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
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    Trade liberalization and policy for media industries

    Wildman, S. (1995). "Trade liberalization and policy for media industries." Canadian Journal of Communication 20, pp. 367-388: Filed Under: Bilateral FTAs | CAFTA | English | Français | FTAA | Media Ownership | NAFTA | Noncommercial Media | Regional FTAs | Screen Quotas | Subsidies | USAUSFTA | WTO

    Monopoly or Monopsony: A new view on corporate media practices

    The article challenges the "monopoly" view of culture industries and offers an alternative view of these industries as monopsonies. Draft of a chapter for an edited volume by Cushla Kapitzke and Chip Bruce for Peter Lang.
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    Our Media are Not for Sale (quito, spanish

    'Our Media are Not for Sale!' flyer distributed at Americas Social Forum, Quito. Two sided, bilingual; this is the Spanish side.
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    Our Media are Not for Sale (quito, english)

    'Our Media are Not for Sale!' flyer distributed at Americas Social Forum, Quito. Two sided, bilingual; this is the English side.
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    Our Media are Not for Sale (pamphlet outside)

    'Our Media are Not for Sale!' flyer distributed at FTAA Miami Ministerial. Outside of 2 sided flyer, print ready.
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    Our Media are Not for Sale (pamphlet inside)

    'Our Media are Not for Sale!' flyer distributed at FTAA Miami Ministerial. Inside of 2 sided flyer, print ready.
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