UNESCO ADOPTS THREE NEW TEXTS, RE-ELECTS MATSUURA
The 33rd session of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's General Conference has ended with the adoption of three major texts and the re-election of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.
The texts adopted were: the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; the International Convention Against Doping in Sport; and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The text on cultural expressions proved controversial, with the U.S. opposing it. The document was finally approved with 148 votes in favor, two against, and four abstentions. It will enter into force three months after its ratification by 30 states. The UNESCO conference also included ministerial round tables on education for all and on the basic sciences, as well as various other events. The 33rd General Conference was held in Paris from 3-21 October 2005.
Links to further information
UNESCO press releases, October 2005:
U.S. Disgruntled over UNESCO Cultural Diversity Treaty, Financial Times, 13 October 2005