First extraordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

(Paris, 24 - 27 June 2008)

Highlights of the session:

  • Adoption of draft guidelines on:
    - public measures to promote diverse cultural expressions
    - public-private partnerships
    - role and participation of civil society
  • Expert papers on:
    - Public measures in Europe and in Latin America
    - The partnering process
    - Vulnerability and threats to protect cultural expressions
  • First exchange forum between civil society and States Parties

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Speeches at the Opening Ceremony

  • Mr Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yaï, Chairman of the UNESCO’s Executive Board

  • Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
    PDF: Fr | en
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Decisions and Participants

  • Decisions
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/Dec. | en | fr

  • List of Participants
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.8 | en & fr
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Draft Summary Records

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Oral Report

  • Oral report of the Rapporteur
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/8 | en
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Working Documents

  • Adoption of the Agenda
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/2 Prov. Rev. | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc

  • Draft Summary Records of the First Ordinary Session
    CE/07/1.IGC/10 | en pdf | fr pdf

  • Preparation of operational guidelines for the implementation and application of the provisions of the Convention: measures to promote and to protect cultural expressions (Art. 7, 8 and 17 of the Convention)
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/3 | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc

  • Operational guidelines: concept and modalities for partnerships (Art. 15 of the Convention)
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/4 | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc

  • Operational guidelines on the role and participation of civil society (Art. 11 and related articles)
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/5 | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc

  • Operational guidelines on the use of the resources of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity: interim report
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/6 | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc

  • Selection of experts and terms of reference for the reports on preferential treatment (Art. 16 of the Convention): interim report
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/7 | en pdf - doc | fr pdf - doc
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Information Documents

  • Provisional timetable
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.1 | en | fr

  • Article 7: Mesures to promote cultural expressions: European approches
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.2 | en | fr

  • Vulnerability and threat: Insights for the future implementation of Article 8
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.3 | en | fr

  • The partnering process
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.4 | en | fr

  • Article 7 : Measures to promote cultural expressions: Latin American approaches
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.5 | en | fr | es

  • Contributions of Parties on the use of the of the resources of the FIDC
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.6A | en & fr

  • Comparative Table of Parties contributions on the use of the resources of the FIDC
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.6B | en & fr

  • CHAIRMAN’S CONCLUSIONS ON THE SEMINAR ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION OF THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS (2005) organized by Germany’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and Germany’s National Commission for UNESCO - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Nov. 26, 2007
    CE/08/1.EXT.IGC/INF.7 | en


  • Flash Info, Office of the Spokeswoman – 25 June 2008

Participation of civil society representatives

Decision 1.IGC 7 (PDF) by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions authorized its Chairperson, on a transitory basis and until the modalities under Rule 7.4 of the Provisional Rules of Procedure (PDF) (on the participation of non-governmental organizations as observers during the Committee meetings) are determined by the Committee, to request the Director-General to invite non-governmental organizations having interests and activities in the field covered by the Convention to participate in the next two Committee meetings, namely the first extraordinary session and the second ordinary session.

In accordance with Decision 1.IGC 7, the organizations concerned by this rule wishing to participate as observers are kindly asked to submit a written request to the Committee’s Chairperson:

H. E. Mr Gilbert Laurin
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO
Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO
5, rue de Constantine
75007 PARIS
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 43 25 79
E-mail: dl.canada(at)


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