5 November 2019
On 14 October 2019, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the law “On Ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”.
Adopted on 20 October 2005 by the General Conference of UNESCO, the Convention aims to reinforce the links between culture, sustainable development and dialogue. It reaffirms respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, equal dignity of cultures, equitable access and openness of cultures to the world. It establishes the sovereign right of States to elaborate cultural policies with a view "to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions" and recognizes the distinctive nature of cultural goods and services as “vehicles of identity, values and meaning”. It thus intends “to create the conditions for cultures to flourish and to freely interact in a mutually beneficial manner.”
The Senate of the republic noted that ratification of the convention confirms the commitment of Uzbekistan to the idea of maintaining and developing interreligious and intercultural dialogue in the country and in the world.
Uzbekistan is consistently taking concrete steps within the UN framework to maintain religious and cultural understanding
representatives of the country's Senate emphasized.