Training workshop on UNESCO 2005 Convention underway

The two-day training workshop to raise awareness on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression commenced here on Thursday.

The convention is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures artists, cultural professionals, 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 Life Long 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 measure that support the creation, production, distribution and the 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, evaluation, as we 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, add Kauaria.

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, to clarify the role of government, civil society and the private sector in the implementation of the convention amongst others.

Kauaria emphasised that in order for Namibia to realise the development of its creative industry all the role players must work together.

The workshop will conclude on Friday, where amongst others the group will delve into the role of civil society, the role of media in the UNESCO 2005 Convention.

Source: Namibia Press Agency