14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention

The IFCCD is participating in the fourteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions taking place online from February 1 to 6, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on cultural and creative industries. Around the world, lockdown measures have significantly affected the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals, while reducing cultural production and access to a diverse range of cultural expressions. In this context, and in that of the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly, the Committee will consider major issues related to the Convention that have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic: the status of artists and cultural professionals, the protection of the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital environment and preferential treatment for cultural goods and services.

The Committee will also consider new funding requests submitted to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity in the framework of its 11th call for applications, and reflect on the current and future functioning of this fundamental mechanism to implement the Convention. The fourteenth session of the Committee will also examine a preliminary analysis of the conclusions of the ResiliArt movement, launched by UNESCO on 15 April 2020 to sound the alarm on the impact of the global health crisis on the cultural and creative sector, and now embraced by more than 100 countries from all regions of the world.


Beat Santschi (Swiss Coalition, IFCCD President), Bill Skolnik (Canadian Coalition), Mane Nett (Chilean Coalition, IFCCD Vice-President for the Americas), Helena Vasques de Carvalho (Portuguese Coalition), Luanda Smith (Creatividad y Cultura Glocal), Mahamadou Adamou (Nigerien Coalition), Guillaume Prieur (French Coalition, IFCCD Secretary), Hiroko Tsuboi-Friedman (IFCCD Individual Member), Holly Aylett (UK Coalition), Klara Kostal (Austrian Coalition), Momo Diakité (Malian Coalition), Nathalie Guay (IFCCD General Secretary).



Cultural Diversity and COVID-19: The Road to Recovery

UNESCO will hold the second ResiliArt debate in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity on May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Paris time).

The containment measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have severely affected the creative sectors, limiting the capacity to create, produce and distribute cultural expressions worldwide. The deconfinement phase will allow a gradual resumption of activities compatible with the physical distancing measures. Artists, cultural professionals, cultural institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises, associations, organizations and governments must reflect on the revival of the sector in a context where the VIDOC-19 pandemic remains a major threat to human health. The cultural activities that can be resumed will be subject to constraints that will have significant human and financial impacts. Some activities will only be able to resume in the very long term, particularly those that depend on international mobility. The situation therefore requires a higher level of public support than usual, as well as a review of business models, in order to maintain diverse, sustainable and dynamic cultural ecosystems.

The recovery of the cultural sector faces major challenges globally, such as:

  • Inequalities between countries are likely to be exacerbated by the crisis. Developing countries are calling for international cultural cooperation, already fragile and tenuous before the pandemic, to address the situation, in a context where efforts are mainly concentrated at the national level.  
  • Domestically, the situation threatens the weakest links in the cultural ecosystem. There is a significant risk of increased inequalities affecting women, indigenous peoples and persons belonging to minorities in particular.
  • While the transition to the digital environment is accelerating, cultural policies are often not adapted to deal with rapid technological developments. Large multinational companies are monopolizing markets without contributing to the cultural ecosystems in terms of funding, discoverability or copyright protection.
  • The already significant digital divide between countries and regions could become even more pronounced at a time when the world is facing a pressing need for innovation. While the crisis precipitates the transition to the digital environment, the development of necessary systems and platforms requires scientific, technical and economic resources that are inequitably distributed.


UNESCO launched the ResiliArt movement in April 2020 and organized a first debate on April 15 with CISAC. The second debate will take place on May 14 and UNESCO has chosen to partner with IFCCD, which is proud to co-present the event.

ResiliArt is a global movement that consists of a series of virtual debates with key industry professionals and artists—both renown and emerging—that raises awareness of the far-reaching impact of the current containment measures on the cultural sector. It aims to support Member States in the development of policies and financial mechanisms that can help individuals and creative communities overcome the crisis.

This ResiliArt debate will be structured around four key themes:

  • The constraints faced by cultural professionals, creators and artists in resuming their activities and the measures put in place to support them;
  • The adoption of measures and policies to support and promote the diversity of cultural expressions, particularly in the digital environment;
  • New international relations and modalities of cultural cooperation;
  • The sustainability of new forms of creation and of the expression of cultural diversity.


The debate will take place on May 14, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). After two rounds of questions, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists during a Q&A session.

The panelists will be led by a moderator. They will answer tailored questions while engaging in a dialogue and building and reacting to other speakers’ responses.

The debate will take place on an existing online platform that allows unlimited number of audiences to follow the discussions as well as post questions using a chat function.


The debate will be moderated by UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone. Participants, representing different geographical regions and artistic disciplines, will include:

  • Anitta, Singer, songwriter and actress (Brazil)
  • Ferne Downey, Actress and President of the International Federation of Actors (Canada)
  • Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Film director and Secretary-General of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (Mali)
  • Pascal Rogard, Director General of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (France)
  • Fouzia Saeed, Director General of the National Arts Council of Pakistan (Pakistan)
  • Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, President of the International Theatre Institute (United Arab Emirates)
  • Jana Vozarova, CEO of LITA, Society of authors (Slovakia)

Join the debate

You will be able to follow the debate using the link below. The link will go live on May 14, 2020.



13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention

The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is meeting at UNESCO Headquarters from February 11 to 14, 2020.

During its thirteenth session, the Committee will determine its work plan for 2020-2021, including policy monitoring and capacity-building activities, as well as activities to implement the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The Committee will approve the financing of new projects by the IFCD in the context of its 10th call for applications. It will also examine the conclusions of the 2nd edition of the Civil Society Forum and potential synergies with the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.

Several important side events will take place during this session. Notably, Director-General Audrey Azoulay and film director Naomi Kawase will unveil on the 13th of February at 3pm the names of the ten young African women directors selected for the new UNESCO/Nara film residency programme. Moreover, two “Create | 2030 Talks” will be organized to highlight the links between the Committee’s work and the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These debates will focus on the impact of the digital environment on access to creative content and on the outcomes of the first projects funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.








Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention

The IFCCD participates in the Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and in the Civil Society Forum from 4 to 7 June 2019 in Paris.

This meeting takes place every two years to adopt priorities and decisions to promote the implementation of the Convention.

Several IFCCD representatives are contributing to the debates this year: Mane Nett, President of the IFCCD and the Chilean Coalition, Kodjo Cyriaque Noussouglo, Vice-President Africa of the IFCCD and President of the Togolese Coalition, Beat Santschi, Vice-President Europe of the IFCCD and President of the Swiss Coalition, Pavol Kral, President of the Slovak Coalition, Nathalie Guay, Secretary General of the IFCCD and General Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition, Laure Gicquel of the French Coalition, Friederike Kamm of the German Coalition, Claudia Isep and Yvonne Gimpel of the Austrian Coalition.


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Twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee

The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions met at UNESCO HQ from 11 to 14 December 2018. Several members of the IFCCD were present.

During its 12th session, the Committee adopted revisions to the operational guidelines on Article 9 (“Information sharing and transparency”), including the framework for Quadrennial Periodic Reports. The purpose of this revision is to harmonize the periodic reporting framework with the monitoring framework of the 2005 Convention. The Committee also approved a roadmap to implement the operational guidelines concerning the Convention in the digital environment and the new projects to be financed under the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). It discussed a stakeholder outreach strategy for the 2005 Convention and finalized its report on activities to be presented to the seventh session of the Conference of Parties.

A new series of public talks entitled Create|2030 was launched in the framework of the Committee in order to align its debates with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals. This year four Create|2030 Talks were organized:

  • SDG 5: “You Are Next. Empowering women in the digital arts” (11 December, 3pm)
  • SDG 8: “Artificial intelligence: a new working environment for creators” (13 December, 10am)
  • SDG 16: “What is artistic freedom to you?” (13 December, 3pm)
  • SDG 17: “Civil Society:  a partner for change in the governance of culture” (14 December, 10am)