Tenth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

When, local time: 
Monday, 12 December 2016 - 10:00am to Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 6:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 5-Advisory Committee
Contact: 
Laurence mayer-robitaille

The Intergovernmental Committee is made up of representatives of 24 States Parties to the Convention. They meet once a year, and can meet in extraordinary session at the request of at least two-thirds of its members to address specific concerns.
This tenth session of the Committee will adopt draft operational guidelines on the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the digital environment. Designed to better address questions of digital governance, they aim to encourage new policies and measures based on principles of openness and access: support for creation; modernization of cultural industries; diversification of cultural and linguistic content; and balanced flow of cultural goods and services.

To address these issues, a high-level ministerial panel will be held on 13 December from 3pm to 4pm. Participants include Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO; Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication (France); Fernando Griffith, Minister of Culture (Paraguay), Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canada) and Yaya Abdoul Kane, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Senegal). This will be followed, from 4pm to 5pm, by a panel with civil society actors.

In addition, the Committee will decide on requests for funding under the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), which supports cultural and creative industries in developing countries. Projects in Colombia, Madagascar, Namibia, Palestine, Paraguay and Togo have been recommended for approval.

A videomapping installation, created by Senegalese artists under the auspices of Kër Thiossane will be inaugurated on December 13 at 5pm at UNESCO Headquarters (Hall in front of Room I) and show how artists in the global South are investing digital creativity.

The Intergovernmental Committee is made up of representatives of 24 States Parties to the Convention. They meet once a year, and can meet in extraordinary session at the request of at least two-thirds of its members to address specific concerns.