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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
27-01-2005 2:05 pm The second session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the preliminary draft convention on the protection of cultural contents and artistic expressions will be held at UNESCO from January 31 to February 12 (Room II).
The governmental experts – invitations were issued to all of UNESCO’s 190 Member States – will examine the text produced by the drafting committee that met in October 2004 when it incorporated the written comments submitted by Member States into the first version of the draft preliminary convention*. During the second session, the experts will also examine comments from intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as non-governmental organizations. On the basis of the outcome of the experts’ working session, which aims to produce a consolidated document, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will submit a preliminary report along with a preliminary draft of the convention to Member States, in preparation for its examination during the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference next October.

Founded on principles that include human rights, freedom of expression, the equal dignity of cultures and international cooperation and solidarity, the text in preparation recognizes the twofold nature – economic and cultural – of cultural expressions and seeks to promote diversity in culture while reaffirming its importance for development.

For Mr. Matsuura, “As it stands today, the preliminary draft complements the other international instruments developed by UNESCO in the field of culture. It also reflects UNESCO’s Constitution, which, among other objectives, requires UNESCO to ‘recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image’ and gives it a mandate to ensure respect for ‘the fruitful diversity of cultures.’”

The first session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts, from last September 20 to 25, brought together more than 600 representatives of 132 Member States, two UNESCO permanent observers, and representatives of nine intergovernmental and 20 non-governmental organizations.

Press access is limited to the opening meeting (January 31, 9.30-11 a.m.). Accreditation will be mandatory and can be obtained from the Press Relations Section : Tel.+33(0)1 45 68 17 48 / fax 01 45 68 56 52 / i.le-fournis@unesco.org

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