945th meeting – 9, 14 and 15 November 2005

Item 7.1

50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention (Faro, 27-28 October 2005) –
Closing conference
(CM(2005)164, CM/Inf(2005)44, 45 and 46, GR-C(2005)CB10)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note with satisfaction of the documents adopted at the Faro Conference, in the light of their discussions held on this subject especially within the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport,
Youth and Environment (GR-C), namely:

i. the Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue (CM(2005)164);

ii. the Declaration of Intent on the setting up of an open platform of inter-institutional
co-operation for intercultural dialogue between the Council of Europe and UNESCO (CM/Inf(2005)44);

iii. the two bilateral agreements of co-operation concluded between the Council of Europe on the one hand, and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) on the other hand (CM/Inf(2005)45 and 46);

2. agreed to transmit these texts to the 115th Session of the Committee of Ministers in order that the Ministers can take them into account in their discussions;

3. encouraged the member states of the Council of Europe to take the necessary measures to bring into force as quickly as possible the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions adopted by UNESCO on 20 October 2005, and instructed the GR-C to keep this question on its agenda.



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