First extraordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

Highlights of the session:

Adoption of draft guidelines on: 

  • public measures to promote diverse cultural expressions
  • public-private partnerships
  • role and participation of civil society

Expert papers on:

  • Public measures in Europe and in Latin America
  • The partnering process
  • Vulnerability and threats to protect cultural expressions

First exchange forum between civil society and States Parties.

(Paris, 24 - 27 June 2008)

More information on the session

Chairperson: Gilbert Laurin (Canada) 
Rapporteur: Antonio Otavio Sa Ricarte (Brazil)
Vice-Chairpersons: India, Lithuania, South Africa and Tunisia 

Mr Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yaï, Chairman of the UNESCO’s Executive Board

Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

Oral report of the Rapporteur

Draft Summary Records


Adoption of the Agenda
CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/2 Prov. Rev.

Draft Summary Records of the First Ordinary Session

Preparation of operational guidelines for the implementation and application of the provisions of the Convention: measures to promote and to protect cultural expressions (Art. 7, 8 and 17 of the Convention)

Operational guidelines: concept and modalities for partnerships (Art. 15 of the Convention)

Operational guidelines on the role and participation of civil society (Art. 11 and related articles)

Operational guidelines on the use of the resources of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity: interim report

Selection of experts and terms of reference for the reports on preferential treatment (Art. 16 of the Convention): interim report

List of Participants

Provisional timetable

Article 7: Mesures to promote cultural expressions: European approches

Vulnerability and threat: Insights for the future implementation of Article 8

The partnering process

Article 7 : Measures to promote cultural expressions: Latin American approaches

Contributions of Parties on the use of the resources of the FIDC

Comparative Table of Parties contributions on the use of the resources of the FIDC

CHAIRMAN’S CONCLUSIONS ON THE SEMINAR ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION OF THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS (2005) organized by Germany’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and Germany’s National Commission for UNESCO - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Nov. 26, 2007

Flash Info, Office of the Spokeswoman – 25 June 2008

Participation of civil society representatives

Decision 1.IGC 7 by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions authorized its Chairperson, on a transitory basis and until the modalities under Rule 7.4 of the Provisional Rules of Procedure (on the participation of non-governmental organizations as observers during the Committee meetings) are determined by the Committee, to request the Director-General to invite non-governmental organizations having interests and activities in the field covered by the Convention to participate in the next two Committee meetings, namely the first extraordinary session and the second ordinary session.

In accordance with Decision 1.IGC 7, the organizations concerned by this rule wishing to participate as observers are kindly asked to submit a written request to the Committee’s Chairperson:

H. E. Mr Gilbert Laurin
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