26 Sep 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) A two-day training workshop to raise awareness on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions commenced here on Thursday.
The convention is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures artists, cultural professionals and practitioners amongst others can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities, including their own.
In a speech read on her behalf, UNESCO Commissioner on Culture and Deputy Executive Director on Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Veno Kauaria said the convention is responsible for shaping the design and implementation of policies and measures that support the creation, production, distribution and access to cultural goods and services.
She pointed out that Namibia has for years been challenged with the implementation of the convention.
This challenge has been exacerbated by insufficient capacity, awareness to the convention, poor media coverage of activities, lack of funds, poor culture statistics and a lack of coordination, monitoring and evaluation, as well as low levels of civil society and private sector involvement, noted Kauaria.
As a result, Namibia is attempting to change this status quo by revising its terms of reference for the national committee and is proposing a new approach by forming a committee by the end of the workshop.
Kauaria explained that the committee will be responsible to drive the implementation of the convention, together with the government and the media as a strategic partner to create awareness and encourage discussion within the context of cultural expressions and creative industries.
She further noted that the objectives of the workshop are to raise awareness and understanding on the 2005 Convention and to clarify the role of Government, civil society and the private sector in the implementation of the convention.
Kauaria emphasised that in order for Namibia to realise the development of its creative industry all the role players must work together.
The workshop concludes on Friday.