Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"US isolated over cultural diversity"

Read the full Financial Times article.:

"A United Nations treaty to protect and promote cultural diversity is likely to be overwhelmingly approved on Thursday in the face of lonely opposition from the US, which fears the impact on exports of US films and television programmes.

"In an emotional debate in Unesco (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) that preceded Thursday's vote, supporters of the treaty - led by France and Canada - said it would help countries defend domestic culture from the homogenising influence of globalisation.

"In a preliminary vote this week, 151 countries backed the pact, with the US and Israel the sole opponents. Australia and the Pacific island of Kiribati abstained."

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