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Ongoing confrontations between public regulation and global expansion of online platforms

The June report, first, deals with music streaming providers and the antitrust and competition distortion charges against Apple issued by the European Commission following a complaint from Spotify. It also analyzes recent regulatory challenges related to artificial intelligence (AI) as well as the negotiations within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on a global tax regime. Second, it turns to several cross-national activities of online platforms, focusing on strong content competition between Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max, the expansion of Disney Plus in East Asia and the shutting down of the piracy streaming website Cuevana.

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Policy and economic challenges for the governance of online platforms

The May report first highlights the compatibility between the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and a new Mexican draft bill aiming to impose quotas of national content on the catalogues of digital audiovisual platforms. It also analyzes recent regulatory challenges related to Artificial Intelligence and the financial contribution of platforms to cultural creation. Finally, it turns to cross-national activities of online platforms, looking at their expansion in new markets (Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Zealand) and the issues related to their content spending and the remuneration of creators.

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Cultural markets and worldwide activities of online platforms: a state of play

The April report firstly highlights the key trends in the global music and audiovisual markets in the context of lockdown measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondly, it analyzes various activities of online platforms in different institutional contexts, such as in Southeast Asia, in South Africa, and in Italy. Thirdly, it turns to several policy initiatives regarding the governance of online platforms. The focus will be on India, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union.

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Online content, digital platforms and governance: cross-national challenges

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The March report, first, highlights the compatibility between the United States- Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and a new Mexican draft bill aiming to curb the power of social media platforms and analyzes the developments within the digital tax talks and the plurilateral e-commerce negotiations.

It then examines several policy initiatives regarding the governance of online platforms. The focus is on India, China, Australia and the United States.

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From regulation of online platforms to digital economic agreements: A state of play

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The February report firstly emphasizes the Digital Economic Agreements promoted by Singapore, as well as the perspectives of the enlargement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Secondly, it turns to several initiatives taken by public authorities in order to impose new regulations for online platforms. The focus will be on South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, France, and the European Union (EU).

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Online platforms and trade agreements in Asia: cultural and regulation issues

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The December report firstly focuses on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signed by China, Japan and 13 other countries in Asia and Pacific. Secondly, it analyses the initiatives taken by Indian government in order to impose new regulations for online platforms. Thirdly, it highlights the new guidelines that China intends to adopt seeking to curb the power of its biggest Internet companies. Finally, the report deals with Disney Plus and its launch in Latin America.

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Video of the conference “The Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Latin America: Current and Future Challenges”

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Federation organized on October 20 an online conference on the current and future challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions in Latin America.

This conference was held within the framework of ResiliArt, a global movement initiated by UNESCO to strengthen the resilience of artists & cultural professionals in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the current health crisis.

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Online platforms, culture and regulation issues in Africa

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The November report first analyzes the new proposals on the regulation of online platforms prepared by South Africa. Second, it focuses on the new strategies carried out by Netflix in the African continent and the place of regional online competitors. Third, it highlights a link in Netflix strategies between India and several African countries. Fourth, it emphasizes the concerns expressed by business groups regarding the new digital tax legislation of Mexico. Finally, it presents a state of play of ongoing discussions for the elaboration of three international instruments: a recommendation on ethics of artificial intelligence within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the e-commerce negotiations within the World Trade Organization (WTO); and the negotiations on digital taxation within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).   

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Ensuring level playing field in the digital market: a cross-national issue

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The October report comes back to the discussions around the new Australian code of conduct for online platforms, focusing on various concerns expressed by online platforms. In addition, it analyzes the political confrontation between global online platforms, public authorities and content creators in other national contexts. Moreover, it highlights both the talks within the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with respect to the digital services tax and the ongoing bilateral negotiations between the United States and the United Kingdom.  

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2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: a tool for the Latin American cultural sector

The International Federation of Coalitions for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is organizing a training program* in Latin America on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

*The training will be held in Spanish.

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), the German Commission for UNESCO, Creatividad y Cultura Glocal, the U40 Network and the Chilean and Paraguayan Coalitions for Cultural Diversity

INVITE

Artists, creators, independent producers, distributors, broadcasters and publishers in the book, film, television, music, performing and visual arts sectors, cultural professionals from the public and private sectors and civil society organizations in Latin America to participate in the Spanish language training program

“2005 UNESCO Convention for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: a tool for the Latin American cultural sector”

from 6 to 28 November 2020.

The program aims to mobilize cultural networks in Latin America and to reach people who are already doing the work of the 2005 UNESCO Convention in their local area but may not be aware of it. The aim is to give them opportunities to expand their networks at the national and regional levels, to provide a better understanding of the tools they have at their disposal to defend and promote Latin American cultural expressions and their diversity, to increase the visibility and reach of the IFCCD in Latin America, and to bring the Convention closer to professionals in the public, private or civil society sectors who are already working in or want to work in the cultural sector.

REGISTRATION AND SELECTION :

– The program is free and the number of places is limited.
– You can register online: https://bit.ly/3cPYT0W
– The deadline for receipt of applications is October 23, 2020.
– Selected participants will be notified by e-mail on October 30.

PROGRAM FORMAT :

This online training consists of eight sessions in November. The duration of each session is 2 hours, for a total of 16 hours for the program. 

PROGRAM AND TERMS

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Global struggle for digital tax and level playing field

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The September report focuses on six interrelated issues: (1) the discussions around the new Australian code of conduct for online platforms; (2) the discussions in Europe related to the dominant position of Google and Facebook; (3) the political confrontation between the US administration and several national governments regarding the adoption of digital services taxes; (4) the Digital Economy Agreement between Australia and Singapore, as well as (5) the trade negotiations between Japan and the United Kingdom. (6) Finally, Jérôme Pacouret, researcher at the University of Quebec in Montreal, provides an analysis regarding Brexit and the perspectives from British cultural actors, focusing on copyright and the Creative Europe program.

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Governing global digital trade in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The sixth edition focuses on six interrelated international issues: (1) the plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce; (2) the efforts of powerful business associations to promote new digital trade rules; (3) the political confrontation between the US administration and several national governments regarding the adoption of digital services taxes; (4) the multilateral negotiations on digital taxation; (5) the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement between New Zealand, Chile and Singapore, as well as (6) the trade negotiations between the US and the UK.

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Global online platforms, the winning actors of the great lockdown? The case of the music industry

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The fifth edition analyzes the effects of the great lockdown on the strategies of global online platforms in the music industry.

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Videos of the 6th IFCCD Congress

The 6th IFCCD Congress was held in Lomé, Togo, from October 9 to 11, 2019.

It was divided into a pan-African conference and a general assembly of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), and brought together 85 participants from 28 countries, including 16 African countries, for three days.

The speakers presented their actions and discussed pan-African and international issues in seven panels, each of which was the subject of an online summary.

Read the reports

 

Panel videos can be viewed online:

Opening Day 1 

 

 

 

 

Panel 1 : The implementation of the 2005 Convention in the African region

>>> Read the article : The implementation of the 2005 Convention in the African region

 

 

Panel 2 : Public policies for culture

>>> Read the article : Public policies for culture

 

 

 

Panel 3 : Civil society participation in public policy development

>>> Read the article : Civil society participation in public policy development

 

 

 

Panel 4 : Addressing the major challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions

>>> Read the article : Addressing the major challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions

 

 

Opening Day 2

 

 

 

 

Panel 5 : Civil society challenges elsewhere in the world

>>> Read the article : Civil society challenges elsewhere in the world

 

 

 

Panels 6 and 7 : The challenges for cultural diversity on the Internet / Facing the challenges of the future through innovation

>>> Read the article : The new realities of the globalized market for the dissemination of digital cultural content and the challenges for cultural diversity on the Internet

>>> Read the article : Facing the challenges of the future through innovation

 

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the National Commission of the Francophonie in Togo.

 

 

Online platforms and culture: the winning actors of the great lockdown?

Since January 2020, the IFCCD has partnered with the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, attached to the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to produce an international watch on culture and e-commerce.

The fourth edition examines how the great lockdown has increased the power of video-on-demand platforms in the global cultural market.

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Protecting culture in trade agreements

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) produced a series of videos on the protection of culture in trade agreements.

The videos cover the history of cultural protection in free trade agreements, the challenge of the national treatment clause, the content and scope of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the role of civil society and the issue of digital trade. These short videos (between 2 and 7 minutes each) are based on longer interviews with three experts on these issues:

  • Solange Drouin, Co-Chair of the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Vice-President, Public Affairs, and Chief Executive of ADISQ,
  • Véronique Guèvremont, Professor at the Faculty of Law of Université Laval, Quebec (Canada), and holder of the UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions,
  • Peter Grant, Senior Counsel and past Chair of the Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group at McCarthy Tétrault.

History

National Treatment Clause

The 2005 UNESCO Convention

The role of civil society

The challenge of digital trade

 

See long versions

INTERVIEW WITH S. DROUIN (in French)

INTERVIEW WITH V. GUÈVREMONT (in French)

INTERVIEW WITH P. GRANT

 

 

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.

ResiliArt

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.

Format

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.

Participants

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.

http://unesco.org/resiliart-debate

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Support for the cultural sector is growing around the world… unevenly

We quickly realized that the cultural sector was going to suffer enormously from the Covid-19 pandemic. A multitude of shows, performances, festivals, film shoots, book fairs and other cultural events were cancelled, and many cultural spaces, bookstores, cinemas and museums closed their doors.

All over the world, initiatives from artists, civil society organizations, funding agencies and businesses have emerged, followed in several countries by announcements of support for the cultural sector.

The IFCCD initially hesitated to take stock of these initiatives, as others have begun work and the situation is evolving rapidly. The IFCCD is doing so today primarily to support its members who want their governments to put in place measures to support artists, creators, professionals and organizations in the cultural sector. The analysis is therefore limited to countries where the IFCCD has members or partners.

While not perfect, this brief overview shows that support measures are rare outside of the world’s richest countries. In some countries there are even declines. This is a situation of great concern for the diversity of cultural expressions, both locally and internationally, and it risks further deepening global inequalities in the circulation of cultural goods and services. In many countries, cultural policies were already weak or even absent. Greater reliance may need to be placed on solidarity and community networks to provide some support to the cultural sector in these countries, but also on the role that organizations such as UNESCO can and should play internationally.

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The new realities of the globalized market for the dissemination of digital cultural content and the challenges for cultural diversity on the Internet

As part of the Regional Conference “Pan-African Perspectives for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” (October 9 and 10, 2019), Destiny Tchéhouali, Professor in the Department of Communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), presented at a conference the realities of the dissemination of digital cultural content and the challenges for cultural diversity on the Internet.

The exchange of cultural goods and services has increased with the advent of digital technologies. Their rapid development has significantly changed the way cultural goods and services are accessed and consumed around the world. Several studies have examined the subject over the past five years (2018 report on the state of the digital Francophonie, study “Towards a diversified network culture”, UNESCO report on digital technology, etc.) but too few of them focus on Africa. There are very few indicators and data on consumption and usage in ACP countries (Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean) for online cultural content. In its Study on the economic and artistic challenges and benefits of the online dissemination and distribution of ACP cultural content (European Commission, 2016-2017), Destiny Tchéhouali noted significant disparities between the countries of the North and the South in terms of the dissemination and distribution of digital cultural content. Platforms have made it possible to widen access to certain cultural content, they are increasingly positioning themselves in local markets, but they control, influence and guide our choices. There is a form of dictatorship of algorithms: “If it is free, you are the product”.

The digital divide between the world’s regions can lead to a cultural divide. Today, 4 billion people still live without the Internet, 60% of them in Africa. Destiny Tchéhouali mentioned several challenges for the diversity of online cultural expressions in the region:

  1. Policy and regulatory challenges. The cultural policies of the ACP countries are not adapted. Policies to support cultural industries focus on supply and not demand. These policies should take into account considerations on the distribution and distribution of digital content;
  2. Technological challenges. There is often a lack of infrastructure and a lack of an overall strategy to develop access to online content;
  3. The lack of professionalism in the cultural sector

Destiny Tchéhouali also mentioned the challenges of accessibility and discoverability of local and national content, which concern all regions of the world. Digital innovation actors are trying to impose their leadership on traditional cultural actors. There is a gap between the logic of recommending cultural content and the effective presence, accessibility and discoverability of our content on the Web. Instead of promoting the diversity of online cultural expressions, algorithms tend to impose their dictatorship and lock us into tastes. Consideration must be given to a way to regulate GAFAs, as is being done by the European Union, which has adopted directives to this effect. The challenge is also to innovate at the local level. Several platforms have already emerged in Africa: Afrostream, for example, which has been very successful for three years, or Musik Bi, an innovative platform in Senegal. In the future, efforts could focus on the development of shared alternative platforms.

Presentation by Mr Tchéhouali (in French)

 

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the National Commission of the Francophonie in Togo.

 

 

Civil society challenges elsewhere in the world: discussion with representatives of coalitions for cultural diversity

The second day of the Regional Conference “Pan-African Perspectives for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” (9 and 10 October 2019) began with a round table discussion on the challenges faced by civil society outside Africa. It brought together several representatives of coalitions for cultural diversity: Guillaume Prieur (French Coalition), Jérôme Payette (Canadian Coalition), Alejandra Diaz (Paraguayan Coalition), Ray Argall (Australian Coalition).

At the European level, coalitions have been mobilized by the issue of the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital environment with several European directives:

  1. The Copyright Directive, including a section on value transfer and a second section on the transparency triangle;
  2. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

The objective of these directives is to regulate digital platforms in favour of creation, to integrate them into the creative economy. The next step, which will be crucial, is the transposition of directives in the Member States. In the future, beyond the regulations obtained, it is also necessary to move towards a regulation of algorithms and artificial intelligence, the objective being to prevent a standardization of cultural creation.

In Canada, the CDCE focuses on two main issues: maintaining the cultural exemption in free trade agreements (obtained during the renegotiation of NAFTA, renamed ACEUM) and the application of Canadian cultural policies in the digital environment. The CDCE produced a brief in January 2019 as part of the review of Canada’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts. There was also significant involvement of CDCE members in the campaign for the October 21, 2019 federal election. The CDCE has also closely followed what has happened in Europe regarding copyright and the AVMS Directive. The CDCE regularly works with researchers, academics, the UNESCO Chair, UQAM. There is a willingness to develop work with the research community on the impacts of artificial intelligence on culture.

At the Paraguayan level, the priority is to reorganize and strengthen the space of confluence between the different artistic sectors. With the new National Secretariat for Culture, there have been changes. In particular, a round table for the performing arts was organised for the first time. Others followed for music, theatre, books, and there is a national cultural plan that is beginning to be discussed. From a broader perspective, South America is facing the wave of the orange economy. Neoliberalism dominates and the economic policies of the countries are similar, with significant budget cuts for culture. The former coalitions of Argentina and Brazil have been weakened by the general dismantling of cultural resources and plans. In Chile, the Chilean coalition succeeded in getting a law passed that ratifies the celebration of the Day of Cultural Diversity on October 20. The Chilean coalition is also working on the preparation of a workshop for officials from the various ministries of the Chilean government to raise awareness of aspects of the 2005 Convention.

There are many organisations very active in the region but it faces significant political challenges and the issue of human rights is a major problem in some countries. China has become a global giant, like the United States, and it is a threat to the diversity of cultural expressions, especially for the smallest territories in the region. The Australian coalition has exchanges with New Zealand and South Korea, including copyright and royalty collection. The defence of copyright is a priority issue for the Australian coalition, which is also interested in the presence and enhancement of local content online, but also in the contribution of platforms and the telecommunications sector to the financing of artistic creation. Among the actions that mobilized civil society, Ray Argall mentioned the “Why make it Australian” campaign to defend the Australian audiovisual industry.

 

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the National Commission of the Francophonie in Togo.

 

 

6th IFCCD Congress: A look back at the regional conference

The 6th IFCCD Congress was held in Lomé, Togo, from 9 to 11 October 2019. It was divided into a pan-African conference and a general assembly of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), and brought together 85 participants from 28 countries, including 16 African countries, for three days.

The congress was launched on October 9 by Kodjo Cyriaque Noussouglo, President of the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Vice-President of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), who opened the regional conference “Pan-African Perspectives for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”. Eric Adja, Director of the West Africa Regional Office (WARO) of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), and Donikpo Kone, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Culture Directorate of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission, then made a speech before giving the floor to Philippe Alarie, attaché for educational and cultural affairs at the Délégation générale du Québec in Dakar, who closed the opening ceremony with a welcoming address to participants.

The first panels of the conference were moderated by Kangni Alemdjrodo, writer, university professor and representative of the Togolese Head of State on the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (CPF), who addressed representatives of the various institutions on their programmes to promote the diversity of cultural expressions. The second day of the conference was opened by Togo’s Minister of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, Mr Kossivi Egbetonyo, who reaffirmed the Togolese government’s support for the organisation of the Congress.

The speakers presented their actions and discussed pan-African and international issues in seven panels, each of which was the subject of an online summary:

 

With the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Canada), the Austrian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Government of Togo, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the National Commission of the Francophonie in Togo.

 

 

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.

COP WEBSITE

List of interventions

INTERVENTION BY KC NOUSSOUGLO

INTERVENTION BY NATHALIE GUAY

INTERVENTION BY MANE NETT

INTERVENTION BY LAURE GICQUEL

Congress Participation Grants: Call for applications

The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) offers a limited number of grants to attend the IFCCD Congress.

Two categories of grants are available:

  • One grant to attend the regional conference (October 9 and 10);
  • One grant to attend the IFCCD Regional Conference and General Assembly (October 9, 10 and 11) reserved for IFCCD members in good standing.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (FOR GRANTS ONLY)

  • Be a member of a national coalition for cultural diversity (all regions of the world);
  • Be a representative of an organization that has joined the Federation as an associate member (new memberships in preparation for the convention will be considered) (all regions of the world)
  • Be an observer representing an organization of cultural professionals in Africa;
  • Understand English or French, the two languages of the congress, or have the possibility of being accompanied by an interpreter. The secretariat will try, as far as possible, to help participants to contact local interpreters, but will not be able to cover the costs.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A two-page cover letter with the following information:
    • Your most relevant professional experiences;
    • Your action within the national coalition for cultural diversity and/or the cultural community;
    • What motivates your participation in the IFCCD congress (relevance to your activity, perspectives for action at the end of the congress);
    • A short file presenting the organization represented and summarizing its activities. The objective of demonstrating that the organization is taking action, even if modest, in the cultural sector (short description of the organization’s activities, recent activity report, publications, links to the website, Facebook page or other social networks, programs or publications related to an organized event, etc.). For observers, any other document attesting to your involvement in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions;
    • Letter of support from the national coalition for cultural diversity or the professional association represented.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Possession or possibility of obtaining a valid visa for Togo: note that all expenses advanced for obtaining a visa must be approved in advance by the secretariat, otherwise they cannot be reimbursed. In all cases, a supporting document must be presented to obtain reimbursement of all expenses advanced;
  • If an invitation letter is required, mention it.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Diversity of geographical origin;
  • Gender diversity;
  • Experience and anchoring of the candidate;
  • Mission and realization of the represented organization;
  • Intergenerational diversity.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED

  • Cost of international transport
  • Accommodation
  • Per Diem for the duration of the stay
  • Cost of the visa

* According to the dates planned in each scholarship category.

** Extension of travel dates will be possible, but the cost of accommodation beyond the activity will be at the participant’s expense.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at midnight, Montreal time

Applications should be sent in English, French or Spanish, the three languages spoken by the IFCCD secretariat, by e-mail to coalition@cdc-ccd.org

Subject of the email: IFCCD Montreal Convention Application + name of your organization.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Céline de Dianous: cdedianous@cdc-ccd.org

With the support of the  International Organisation of La Francophonie and the Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA).