International Monitoring and Implementation – The Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions

All Parties are obliged to submit a report to the Intergovernmental Committee every 4 years on measures taken to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions within their territory and at the international level. The Intergovernmental Committee transmits all the reports to the Conference of Parties together with its comments and a summary of contents for examination.

The Intergovernmental Committee meets annually. The Committee’s additional functions include:

  • Making appropriate recommendations to be taken in situations brought to its attention by Parties to the Convention;
  • Establishing procedures and other mechanisms for consultation aimed at promoting the objectives and principles of this Convention in other international forums; and
  • Inviting at any time public or private organizations or individuals to participate in its meetings for consultation on specific issues, in accordance with its Rules of Procedure.

With respect to Canada, the Committee’s most recent Periodic Report was sent by Canada in April 2012.

The Committee noted with appreciation that Canada has established an extensive network of measures to promote and protect the diversity of cultural expressions on both national and international levels.

To promote international cooperation, Canada has adopted grants and special arrangements in its work permit scheme to ensure the mobility of cultural artists professionals. Canada has also established cultural cooperation agreements and audiovisual coproduction treaties worldwide. In addition, the Government of Canada has contributed $500,000 to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity by 2012.

In the report, Canada has identified as challenges the increasing number of digital platforms and the changes in the practices of Canadian consumers of cultural goods and services. The Government of Canada has taken a number of measures to modernize policies and program frameworks in order to adapt to the digital environment, and to encourage creators and cultural industries to leverage the potential of digital technologies.