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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
19-05-2005 11:50 am The third session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions will take place at UNESCO (Room XII) from May 25 to June 4. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will open the session on May 25 at 9.30 a.m.
The intergovernmental experts will follow up the work begun during the first and second sessions (September 20 to 24, 2004 and January 31 to February 11, 2005). Despite progress, several articles require further deliberations.

The text in preparation is founded on principles that include human rights, freedom of expression, the equal dignity of cultures and international cooperation and solidarity. It recognizes the twofold nature – economic and cultural – of cultural expressions, and is focused on promoting diversity on the basis of culture, while reaffirming its importance in all development policies.

UNESCO’s commitment to promoting cultural diversity is in keeping with its specific mandate within the United Nations system, and the Organization’s work over almost 60 years “to ensure the preservation and promotion of the fruitful diversity of cultures.”

The first session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts brought together nearly 550 representatives of 132 Member States, two UNESCO permanent observers and representatives of nine intergovernmental and 20 non-governmental organizations. At the second session, 135 Member States, six intergovernmental and 23 non-governmental organizations were represented. Intergovernmental organizations that attended the earlier meetings and which are expected for the third session include the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The opening session (May 25, 9.30-11 a.m.) will be open to the media. Those wishing to attend require accreditation from the Press Relations Section.

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