30.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

The Gambia has launched the elaboration of its first national review on cultural and creative policies

1st Public information meeting with the Minister of culture and tourism ©Abubakar Dem / NCAC

On 8 of July 2019, around sixty stakeholders attended the public information meeting that launched the elaboration process of the Gambia first periodic report regarding UNESCO 2005 Convention on the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expression.

“Through this historic agreement, the global community formally recognised the dual nature, both cultural and economic of contemporary cultural expressions produced by artists and cultural professionals shaping the design and implementation of policies and measures that support the creation, production, distribution and access to cultural goods and services. The 2005 convention is at the heart of the creative economy.” Underligned Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Hamat Bah.

During three days, the national team composed of 25 stakeholders from different sectors and ministers, including artists and creatives, discussed and identified policies and measures implemented by the Gambia that support creativity with both financial and technical support of UNESCO through the expertise of Mrs. Ojoma Ochai, member of UNESCO’s Bank Expert. Furthermore, the Gambia is the first country in the world to test the new material and tools, which includes a news QPR form and a brand new civil society form, launched during the last Conference state Parties that took place in Paris in June 2019

Why a quadrennial periodic report?

Upon ratification, countries commit to submit every four years “periodic reports” on the policies and measures they have adopted, and challenges encountered in implementing the Convention.

The information gathered within the Gambia’s QPR, which is expected for November 2019, will not only contribute in nourishing the third Global report in 2021 but also presents an opportunity to reflect and communicate at both national and global level, on the contribution of the Gambia in creating sustainable development.

Indeed, this reporting process goes well beyond an administrative exercise; it is designed to build a platform for sustained policy dialogue between government and civil society actors and actively supports, through multi‐stakeholder dialogues, innovative, forward‐looking and evidence‐based cultural policymaking.

Relevant links

UNESCO 2005 Convention

QTV Gambia News 9.07.2019 (starting from 7:00 to 11:00)

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