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To advocates, UNESCOs Cultural Diversity Convention is a crucial defence of national cultures against the onslaught of 'global mono-culture'. Such a high-profile endorsement of cultural protectionism should worry both Hollywood and Washington.
A report brings together the key suggestions, observations and challenges that emerged froma March 2008 seminar that brought together experts from Commonwealth and Francophone governments and civil society to discuss the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
A number of documents have been published following the first Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
On 21 February, in order toinstitute the Convention on the Protection and Promotion ofthe Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Christine Albanel met with the 'French coalition', which brings together around 50 professional cultural organisations.
It is not acceptable that the UNESCO convention has been poorly implemented in EU legislation up to now.
The secretary general of the Francophonie is urging member states of OIF to ratify the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity.