The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity expressed its concern following the announcement by the European Council and the US President, Barack Obama, about the pending negotiations aimed at securing a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.
U40 Arabesque is a regional network concerned with the promotion of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Arab countries and is aiming for the coherent implementation of cultural policies in the region.
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In their letter dated October 15th 2012, the European coalitions were urging Commissionner Piebalgs, in charge of development, to ensure that the development programs take culture into consideration and respect the terms of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
In his answer, M. Piebalgs confirmed the European Commission’s strong commitment for culture and cultural diversity. He highlighted the fact that UNESCO and the European Union recently committed to work together in favour of culture and education, which they consider as key factors for development.
Read the European coalitions letter and M. Piebalgs’s answer
Read the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the EU and UNESCO