Diversity of cultural expressions

The Québec government’s contribution to UNESCO’s work

The Québec and Canadian governments were instrumental in the process leading to the Convention’s adoption.

The Québec government was one of the first governments to officially declare that it was in favour of an international instrument recognizing the right of states to support culture.

As a result, Québec spearheaded a campaign in the early 2000s to have the principle adopted by a number of international bodies, including the International Network on Cultural Policy, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie.

On November 10, 2005, the National Assembly of Québec unanimously approved the text of the Convention, making Québec the world’s first state to support this standard-setting instrument. On November 28, 2005, Canada became the first state to ratify the Convention.

In accordance with the terms of the 2006 Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada concerning UNESCO (in French), a Québec delegation regularly goes to UNESCO headquarters in Paris to take part in the work of the Convention’s governing bodies, monitor various issues and directly participate in drawing up Canada’s positions to ensure that Québec’s interests are taken into account.

It bears noting that Québec, as part of the Canadian delegation, has attended and taken the floor at all meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee and the Conference of the Parties.

Last update: 2019-04-18 10:12:17 AM