Debates on the implementation of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 9 June 2015

A day of debates will be held at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, Room II). It will focus on two major themes: the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital era, as well as preferential treatment, international coordination and consultation.

Each session will be organized around panel discussions and will be followed by a debate with the audience. The results of this day will contribute to a reflection that will be conducted throughout the 5th ordinary session of the Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 10-12 June 2015).

In a world where the digital revolution has fundamentally changed the patterns of production and dissemination of cultural goods and services and how we’re accessing them, it is important to measure the opportunities offered by such a revolution, while taking into account the obstacles and threats it may represent, and finally to consider measures to attenuate its effects.

Furthermore, cultural activities, goods and services with significant economic value must not be considered only as trade items. Thus, the debate will allow to better understand if the implementation of the 2005 Convention has addressed the consideration of this dimension through the inclusion of culture in bilateral and regional trade agreements to meet the challenges posed.