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The 2005 Convention on Cultural Expressions

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a legally-binding international agreement.

It ensures that artists, cultural professionals, practitioners and all citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities, including their own.

It recognizes:

- The distinctive nature of cultural goods, services and activities as vehicles of identity, values and meaning; 

- That while cultural goods, services and activities have important economic value, they are not mere commodities or consumer goods that can only be regarded as objects of trade.

For more information visit the website of the 2005 Convention Secretariat.

Implementation of the 2005 Convention in Asia and the Pacific

Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Ministerial Forum of the Asia and Pacific region - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Held in May 2012, this forum was attended by participants from all over the Asia and Pacific region, including 44 Ministers of Culture, representatives from non-governmental organizations, civil society associations and scholars and experts from around the world. [read more]

The First Seminar on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions - Vientiane, Lao PDR

With funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity and a contribution from UNESCO Bangkok, the Lao National Commission for UNESCO organized this first ever seminar on the 2005 Convention in Lao PDR. The event took place from 13 to 15 March 2012 in Vientiane. [read more]

The Southeast Asia Baseline Study

A thorough baseline study uncovers the main perceptions on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Southeast Asia and pave the way for a more targeted ratification and implementation strategy by UNESCO. [read more]