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The Convention

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

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, France on 3–21 October 2005. The Convention compliments the previously established provisions of UNESCO including the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001.

"The Convention recognises the rights of Parties to take measures to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions, and impose obligations at both domestic and international levels on Parties."

The 2005 Convention text can be consulted here:

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Historical background

Visit this page to learn more about the historical background of the 2005 Convention.

Access to basic texts

The Basic Texts are available in six languages including:

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Chinese  Russian