COUNCIL OF EUROPE
COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS

Recommendation Rec(2006)3
of the Committee of Ministers to member states
on the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 February 2006
at the 954th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Recalling that, under the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to the realisation of cultural rights indispensable for her or his dignity and the free development of her or his personality and has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community;

Recalling also that the aims of the Council of Europe shall be pursued through the discussion of questions of common concern among member states, associating also civil society, and by agreements and common action, inter alia, in cultural matters;

Underlining, in this connection, the importance of the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference;

Noting that, at its 33rd Session (3-21 October 2005), the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted a Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, which:

    - reaffirms the sovereign right of states to formulate and implement their cultural policies and to adopt measures to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions;

    - attaches considerable importance to international and regional co-operation, as well as to the participation of civil society, with a view to the creation of conditions conducive to the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, notably in order to facilitate dialogue on cultural policy which, in turn, may involve regulatory measures, financial assistance, the establishment of and support to public institutions and enhancing diversity of the media including through public service broadcasting;

Observing the commonality between the objectives and guiding principles set out in above-mentioned UNESCO Convention and a number of Council of Europe instruments concerning culture as well as the media;

Noting that the said UNESCO Convention will enter into force after ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by thirty states or regional economic integration organisations,

Recalling the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted at the Faro Ministerial Conference, on 27 and 28 October 2005, and in particular the establishment in this context of a Platform of inter-institutional co-operation between the Council of Europe and UNESCO, open to other interested international or regional partners;

Welcomes the adoption by the General Conference of UNESCO of the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions;

Declares that, in the context of its work, the Council of Europe will have due regard to the provisions of the UNESCO Convention and will contribute to their implementation;

Recommends that, at the earliest opportunity, Council of Europe member states ratify, accept, approve or accede to the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.



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