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IRIS 2007-2:2/1

Convention on Cultural Diversity Enters into Force on 18 March 2007

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Mara Rossini

Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

The UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions will enter into force within the next two months. The required number of 30 ratifications was reached on 18 December when the European Community, joined by Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Bulgaria deposited their instruments of ratification at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The Convention, adopted in October 2005 (see IRIS 2005-10:2), seeks to enhance cultural cooperation at international level through exchanges of views and best practices in public policies to promote cultural diversity.

The imminent entry into force of the Convention marks the end of a long process which, according to the European Commissioner in charge of Education and Culture (Jan Figel), at times involved “tricky negotiations”. This Convention forms the new pillar of world governance in cultural matters.

“The Commission welcomes the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity”, press release of 19 December 2006, IP/06/1830 EN