UNESCO to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions

A STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION IS SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 9.

The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a binding international legal instrument adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on  October 20, 2005 to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions. This convention is the sole legally-binding instrument that affirms the sovereign right of States to formulate and implement policies and measures to support the creation, production, distribution and access to cultural activities, goods and services.

One of its main monitoring mechanisms is the quadrennial periodic reporting (QPR) exercise. This report, due every four years, outlines the measures taken to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions within the member territories. In order to facilitate the successful completion of the reports, UNESCO has offered concrete support to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the elaboration or their quadrennial periodic report which is due for submission in June 2024.

In that regard, the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO will be undertaking two (2) capacity building activities: a multi stakeholder’s consultation, and a training workshop for members of the national team who will assist with the drafting of the quadrennial periodic report. The activities will be held from Nov. 6 to 10, at the Pastoral Centre, Marisule, Gros Islet.

PLEASE NOTE: the media is invited to provide coverage of the opening of the Stakeholder Consultation on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.

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