Big success for the International Network for Cultural Diversity
Cultural Heritage Treaty means a big step forward for the International
Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD).
Unesco decided that a legal instrument must be drawn up with which
countries can protect their local artistry. The elimination of trade
barriers between countries opens the way for a cultural bombardment
from economically dominant states. An international agreement with
a legal basis must enable governments to continue to favour vulnerable
local cultural initiatives. Director-general Matsuura has agreed
to discuss this with the World Trade Organisation and the World
Intellectual Property Organisation.
This decision represents a big success for the INCD. Since its
establishment this organisation has been attempting to get such
a legal instrument. The success was celebrated during the annual
meeting from 13 to 15 October in Croatia. This conference preceded
the sixth ministerial meeting of the International Network for Cultural
Policy (INCP), which was attended by Ministers and Ministers of
State from 53 countries.