Canada Renews its Commitment to UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Canada is elected to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
GATINEAU, QC, June 15, 2017 – Diversity is one of Canada’s greatest strengths. Our country’s heritage and unique culture, shaped by our diversity, deserves to be celebrated and shared. We strive to promote-both in Canada and abroad-a variety of content and points of view that celebrate who we are and demonstrate respect for our official languages, multiculturalism and efforts at reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. That is why the Government of Canada is proud that Canada has been elected to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The election took place during the sixth ordinary session of the Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. During the session, Parties to the Convention, including Canada, discussed capacity-building projects in developing countries supported by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, to which the Government of Canada contributed $100,000 in December 2016. Parties also adopted new operational guidelines on implementing the Convention in the digital environment and reiterated the need to promote the Convention’s objectives in various international forums. Canada took to opportunity to reference the importance of engaging directly with digital platforms to ensure that local content is made available and discovered.
“I am immensely proud that Canada has been elected for the third time to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Government of Canada is committed to increasing cultural diversity, especially in the digital era, and we believe that governments and global digital platforms can work together to use culture to foster innovation and create good jobs for Canadians.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Conference of Parties is the plenary and supreme decision-making body of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The Intergovernmental Committee works under the authority of the Conference of Parties to promote the objectives and implementation of the UNESCO Convention.
The Intergovernmental Committee is composed of 24 elected representatives of the Conference of Parties chosen for a four-year term.
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