The policy session was opened by Katérina Stenou, Director of the UNESCO Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue. Alongside to the explanation of the five crucial points of the UNESCO convention (creativity, production, distribution, access and enjoyment) she brought up the term of “positive discrimination”. Even nice connotations with certain ethnic groups, such as “the Africans are good in dancing” were a form of discrimination. With this aspect she stressed the difficulty of finding the right terminology.
Furthermore, Stenou defined one of the state's central roles as being to create general conditions that promote culture and that are inspiring without exercising a direct influence on cultural and artistic developments.