Rules of Procedure of the Conference of Parties

The Conference meets in ordinary session every two years. It may meet in extraordinary session if it so decides or if the Intergovernmental Committee receives a request to that effect from at least one third of the Parties.

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The representatives of all Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions may take part, with the right to vote, in the work of the Conference of Parties.

As indicated in its Rules of Procedure, the Conference of Parties may be attended, without a right to vote and subject to the provisions of Rule 9.3, by:

  • Representatives of Member States of UNESCO not parties to the Convention, and permanent observer missions to UNESCO;
  • Representatives of the United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations, which have concluded mutual representation agreements with UNESCO; and
  • Intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations having interests and activities in the field covered by the Convention, upon invitation by the Conference.
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