Article 6: Rights of Parties at the National Level
Article 6 basically transposes at the national level the general rule on rights and obligations found in Article 5. During the negotiations, many delegations expressed the view that the general rule on rights and obligations found in Article 5 was a vital element of the proposed Convention. In the text of the Convention that was finally adopted, the importance of the statement concerning the sovereign right of States to formulate and implement their cultural policies in the Convention could not have been made clearer. It appears in Article 1 as a goal of the Convention, in Article 2 as a principle of the Convention and again in Article 5, where it is more fully developed as a right reaffirmed by the Convention. The right in question is not a new right created by the Convention. It is part and parcel of one of the most basic principles of customary international law, that of State sovereignty, which was to become, after the Second World War, one of the pillars of the Charter of the United Nations.
KeywordsInformal Sector Cultural Industry Cultural Expression Cultural Policy Entrepreneurial Spirit
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