Guiding UNESCO texts

Published on June 8, 2009 Updated on June 9, 2009

The work of our Chair is guided by UNESCO instruments, in particular the texts adopted during the Mexico World Conference (6 August 1982, especially the definition of culture and the notion of universality), the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2 November 2001) and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (20 October 2005).

To these must be added the Declaration of the Principles of International Cultural Co-operation of 4 November 1966 and the Convention for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage of 17 October 2003. Extracts: ... since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.'

UNESCO Constitution (4 November 1946) The defence of cultural diversity is an ethical imperative, inseparable from respect for the dignity of the individual. It implies a commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the rights of persons belonging to minorities and those of indigenous peoples. No one may invoke cultural diversity to infringe upon human rights guaranteed by international law, nor to limit their scope.' Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (Article 4), 2 November 2001 '...As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.' Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (Article 1)

1. Each culture has a dignity and value which must be respected and preserved. 2. Every people has the right and the duty to develop its culture. 3. In their rich variety and diversity, and in the reciprocal influences they exert on one another, all cultures form part of the common heritage belonging to all mankind. Declaration of the Principles of International Cultural Co-operation (4 November 1966, Article 1)