The UNESCO Universal Declaration
on Cultural Diversity was adopted unanimously by the General Conference
at its 31st session on 2 November 2001. The Declaration was born of the
wish of the Member States to define a standard-setting instrument, in
the context of Globalization, for the elaboration of their national cultural
policies, while respecting international rules and fundamental rights.
It is the first time the International community has possessed a legal
instrument which raises cultural diversity to the rank ofcommon
heritage of humanity.
The Declaration sets out
to respond to 2 major concerns: firstly, to ensure respect for cultural
identities with the participation of all peoples in a democratic framework
and, secondly, to contribute to the emergence of a favourable climate
for the creativity of all, thereby making culture a factor of development.
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