What is the Convention ?
Through its main objective – the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions – 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions strives to create an enabling environment in which the diversity of cultural expressions may be affirmed and renewed for the benefit of all societies.
To this end, the Convention aims to:
- Create conditions for cultures to flourish and to interact freely in a mutually beneficial manner;
- Encourage Parties to take the dual cultural and economic nature of cultural goods, services and activities into account in their national policies for culture;
Identify new arrangements for international cooperation, which is the keystone of the Convention;
- Reaffirm the sovereign rights of States to maintain, adopt and implement policies and measures that they deem appropriate for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions on their territory, while ensuring the free flow of ideas and works.