25 Jan 2011
The Legal Impact (in Particular for Switzerland) of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity
A contribution to an event at the University of Zurich organised by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences that gathered together scholars from different disciplines, as well as representatives of the pertinent federal institutions, NGOs and stakeholders.
What is the real impact of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity that has become binding international law in 2007 and has been ratified by Switzerland in 2008? What should Switzerland do in order to appopriately implement this act? Should it indeed do anything at all? What is the essence of cultural diversity policies in a globalised world and against the background of a changing media landscape? These were some of the questions that the conference organised by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) dealt with. The interdisciplinary work that is meant to engage all Swiss stakeholders is to become part of a longer term process as the SAGW has defined 'cultural diversity' as one of its topical focuses for the next years. The NCCR is delighted to be able to contribute to the further debates on this key policy objective.