OIF hails culture's role in sustainable development

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Culture was one of the most important mainstays in the sustainable development of citizens, according to the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) Saturday here.
The OIF also said it recognised states' and governments' rights to maintain, establish and develop supporting policies towards culture and cultural diversity in the respect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in a spirit of openness to other cultures of the world.
In a resolution related to assistance for the least developed countries (LDCs) in the field of cultural diversity, the OIF also recognised the commitment made at the 2002 Francophone summit held in Beirut, Lebanon, which aimed at actively contributing through UNESCO to an international convention devoting this right.
In this respect, the French-speaking world decided to contribute to the preservation of its cultural patrimony by assisting artists in its countries with aid to productions and diffusion of their work.
It also pledged to improve bilateral co-operation between members of the organisation as well as share knowledge and expertise in public policies to the advantage of developing countries so as to help protect and promote diversity in their cultural views.
The resolution was issued after the closing session of the two-day Francophonie summit attended by 30 leaders.

27 november 2004 19:30:00

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