First UNESCO report on impact of 2005 Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

Have the countries that ratified the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted at UNESCO ten years ago, stepped up their support for cultural creation, encouraged diversity for the media, opened their markets to cultural goods from developing countries? These are some of the questions addressed in the report Re | Shaping Cultural Policies: A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Development, which will be launched on 16 December (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room II) at UNESCO Headquarters*.

UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has been ratified by 141 States and by the European Union to date. This legal instrument has influenced a number of policies around the world, notably concerning the film industry, book publishing, the mobility of artists and the dissemination of local audiovisual productions.

Re | Shaping Cultural Policies, UNESCO’s first follow up on the implementation of the Convention worldwide, takes stock of developments in the cultural and creative industries. It also looks at the trade in the cultural products, notably between developed and developing countries.

The Report gives numerous examples of initiatives in different parts of the world: the establishment of a guaranteed income for artists in Norway, providing quality television for children in Argentina, the establishment of a Maori television in New Zealand and the implementation of policies promoting books and book reading in Côte d’Ivoire.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova; will take part in the launch, alongside the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, Sweden’s State Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, Per Olsson Fridh, and former Director-Genera lf of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy. 

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Journalists wishing to cover the event or obtain the report, under embargo, are requested to contact UNESCO’s Media Services for accreditation: Agnès Bardon +33 (0)1 45 68 17 64, a.bardon(at)unesco.org

*Webcast: mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_2_en.wmv