On Thursday 9 October 2014, the Secretariat of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States organised jointly with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, a High-Level Dialogue on Cultural Diversity for Development: the digital age and the 2005 Convention.
Chaired by H.E. Ousmane Sylla, Ambassador of Guinea, the High-level Dialogue benefited from strong interventions by eminent personalities such as H.E. Xavier Michel, Ambassador and OIF Representative to the European Union; Ms. Louise Beaudoin, OIF Rapporteur on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; Ms. Marie Arena, European Parliamentarian; and Marie-Paule Roudil, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to the European Union. During the discussions, particular emphasis was given to the importance of the 2005 Convention to cultural diversity and its relevance in the digital age, to globalization and free trade agreements, and to the need for a shared governance and cross-cultural approach.