Countrywide workshops in Pakistan - participatory policy making for the creative sector & UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The countrywide workshops between 17 and 24 November will bring together government representatives, creative professionals , academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations to discuss the growing importance of the creative economy in Pakistan. It will be a platform to listen to creative entrepreneurs about their challenges, needs and aspirations in order to elaborate public policies to meet the needs of the stakeholders. This 3rd phase of an ongoing process, will also highlight the importance of evidence-based, transparent policymaking involving key players from the creative sector and collaboration across different ministries at different levels of governments.
The workshop is organized under a project funded by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) to raise awareness about UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the importance of developing policies for the creative sector. The 2005 Convention is an international treaty that recognizes the distinctive nature of culture as an important contributor to economic and social development. To date, Pakistan has yet to ratify this Convention.
The workshops will take place in the following order:
17 November, morning: wider consultation in Peshawar
17-18 November: workshop on participatory policy design in Peshawar
21 November, morning: wider consultation in Karachi
21-22 November: workshop on participatory policy design in Karachi
24 November, afternoon: high-level conference, “creative economy and sustainable development in Pakistan: the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Contact Reiko Yoshida for more information: R.Yoshida@unesco.org