Mme France Marquet, SAF Representative to UNESCO attended 13th session of Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention...

News UNESCO Headquaters, Paris, France - 16th February 2020


The cultural and creative industries are among the fastest growing sectors in the world. With an estimated global worth of 4.3 trillion USD per year, the culture sector now accounts for 6.1% of the global economy. They generate annual revenues of US$ 2,250 billion and nearly 30 million jobs worldwide, employing more people aged 15 to 29 than any other sector. The cultural and creative industries have become essential for inclusive economic growth, reducing inequalities and achieving the goals set out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The adoption of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was a milestone in international cultural policy. Through this historic agreement, the global community formally recognised the dual nature, both cultural and economic, of contemporary cultural expressions produced by artists and cultural professionals. Shaping the design and implementation of policies and measures that support the creation, production, distribution of and access to cultural goods and services, the 2005 Convention is at the heart of the creative economy.

Recognizing the sovereign right of States to maintain, adopt and implement policies to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expression, both nationally and internationally, the 2005 Convention supports governments and civil society in finding policy solutions for emerging challenges.

Based on human rights and fundamental freedoms, the 2005 Convention ultimately provides a new framework for informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance for culture.

The 2005 Convention aims to support:
National policies and measures promote creation, production, distribution and access with regard to diverse cultural goods and services and contribute to informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance for culture.

Preferential treatment measures facilitate a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and promote the mobility of artists and cultural professionals around the world.

Sustainable development policies and international assistance programmes integrate culture as a strategic dimension.
International and national legislation related to human rights and fundamental freedoms promote both artistic freedom and the social and economic rights of artists


UNESCO Headquarters | 11 – 14 February 2020 | Room II

Madam France Marquet, SAF representative to UNESCO participated in the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions met at UNESCO Headquarters from 11 to 14 February 2020 in Room II.

During its thirteenth session, the Committee determined its work plan for 2020-2021, including policy monitoring and capacity-building activities, as well as activities to implement the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The Committee approved the financing of new projects by the IFCD in the context of its 10th call for applications. It also examined the conclusions of the 2nd edition of the Civil Society Forum and potential synergies with the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.

Several important side events took place during this session. Notably, Director-General Audrey Azoulay and film director Naomi Kawase unveiled on the 13th of February at 3pm the names of the ten young African women directors selected for the new UNESCO/Nara film residency programme. Moreover, two "Create | 2030 Talks" will be organized to highlight the links between the Committee's work and the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These debates focused on the impact of the digital environment on access to creative content and on the outcomes of the first projects funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

For more details about all sessions  :- UNESCO website