30 Sep 2019 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) Culture can no longer be just a by-product of development, but should instead be the mainspring for sustainable development, Unesco Representative to Namibia, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum has said.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) representative was speaking at a two-day workshop held to raise awareness of Unescos 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Windhoek last week.
Namibian cultural heritage and creative industries are strongly linked to tourism in terms of supporting the infrastructural development as well as employment creation and income generation, especially at community level, Moussa-Elkadhum said.
The convention is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures that 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.
Moussa-Elkadhum said Africa is known for its rich cultural diversity and it is the joint responsibility of Africans to protect and promote it by creating equal opportunities for all cultural expressions locally and globally.
One of the aspirations of Africas Agenda 2063 is for the African creative arts and industries to be celebrated throughout the continent, as well as in the diaspora and contribute significantly to self-awareness, wellbeing, and prosperity for all.
He further noted that since the ratification in 2005 of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, tremendous momentum has been built for the promotion of cultural diversity, based on a clear vision that is now shared and promoted by 145 member states.
State parties are supported in their sovereign right to implement public policies for the development of strong and dynamic cultural and creative industry sectors, he said.
Moussa-Elkadhum said the Unesco global capacity development programme of the convention helps countries to build human and institutional capacity, share expertise and reinforce skills and competencies when developing policies and measures to implement the convention.
This training is part of our joint efforts to invest in building human and institutional capacities, reinforcing skills and competencies required for the creative economy and creative industries as engines of economic development, social cohesion, and human dignity, he concluded.
The workshop was attended by government arts and culture officials, media practitioners and other stakeholders.