OIF wants speedy ratification of cultural diversity convention

Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Francophone Ministerial Conference (CMF) Wednesday in Antananarivo appealed to the member states of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) to ratify quickly the convention that UNESCO's general conference on cultural diversity adopted in October.
Speaking at a news conference marking the end of the CMF, Burkinabè foreign minister Youssouf Ouédraogo said that OIF would like to facilitate the speedy ratification of the convention on the protection and promotion of cultural property.
"CMF expressed its interest in the convention by adopting a specific resolution that calls on OIF member states to ratify it quickly.
Our concern is to quickly reach the quota of 30 ratifications required for the coming into force of the convention," Ouedraogo, in his capacity as outgoing CMF president, said.
"The Francophonie attaches the utmost significance to cultural diversity.
It worked hard for the adoption of this text which it staunchly defended in several circles.
I remember that not a single OIF voice was missing during the adoption of this convention before UNESCO's general conference," he added.
The convention on the protection and promotion of cultural property, adopted by an overwhelming majority of UNESCO member countries, recognises that States have "the sovereign right" to take "all appropriate measures to ensure the protection of their national cultures.

23 novembre 2005 22:04:00

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