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Shepherding the Conclusion of Complex International Conventions: The Role of the Chairperson in the Negotiations on Cultural Diversity

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Some of the main issues to be addressed in the elaboration of the draft Convention included the following: What are cultural contents and expressions? What are cultural goods and services? Are they products like any others or are The successful conclusion of the negotiations on the draft Convention required the reconciliation of widely divergent positions among States on the critical issues to be covered by the Convention. This chapter examines the "tools", with which the Chairperson conducted negotiations on controversial issues and helped Member States to find compromise texts. It also examines the evolution of this definition through the negotiations. The Chairperson himself presided over the working group, and actively participated in the discussions. After intensive discussions, the group concluded that recourse to arbitration or to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), would not meet the consent of the majority of States, especially within the limited time that was left for negotiations before the closure of the third session of the Intergovernmental Meeting.

Keywords: Chairperson; draft Convention; intergovernmental negotiations; Kader Asmal



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