The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: An Appraisal Five Years after its Entry into Force

International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 20, pp. 357-380, 2014

NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2013/1

24 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last revised: 10 Mar 2014

Date Written: November 25, 2013

Abstract

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted in 2005 the first legally binding international instrument on culture. The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was agreed upon with an overwhelming majority and after the swiftest ratification process in the history of the UNESCO entered into force on 18 March 2007. Now, five years later and with some 125 Members committed to implementing the Convention, not only observers with a particular interest in the topic but also the broader public may be eager to know what has happened and in how far has the implementation progress advanced. This is the question that animates this paper and which it seeks to answer by giving a brief background to the UNESCO Convention, clarifying its legal and political status and impact, as well as by looking at the current implementation activities in the domestic and international contexts.

Keywords: UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, trade and culture, implementation, international regime complexity

Suggested Citation

Burri, Mira, The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: An Appraisal Five Years after its Entry into Force (November 25, 2013). International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 20, pp. 357-380, 2014; NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2013/1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2223922

Mira Burri (Contact Author)

University of Lucerne ( email )

Frohburgstrasse 3
PO Box 4466
Lucerne, 6002
Switzerland

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