Convention of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)

UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)

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 20 October 2005, during the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, ratified by Italy on the 2nd of February 2007. The Convention compliments the previously established cultural provisions of UNESCO including the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001.

The Convention seeks to strengthen the links between creation, production, distribution, dissemination, access, and enjoyment of cultural expressions as conveyed by cultural activities goods and services. It complements the set of legal instruments deployed by UNESCO to foster diversity and a global environment in which the creativity of individuals and peoples is encouraged in their rich diversity thereby contributing to their economic development and to the promotion and preservation of the world’s cultural diversity.

The purposes of the Convention aim at enhancing culture as a bridge to sustainable social, economic and human development, and at better enhancing creativity, cultural industries, cultural heritage in all its forms, social cohesion,
and mutual understanding between people and cultures, thus bringing forth new opportunities for international cooperation.