Please summarize in max 3500 characters the main achievements and challenges in implementing the Convention and the outlook for the future. Please note this is not an introduction to the report or an annotated table of contents.:
Namibia’s efforts to implement the 2005 Convention have not been clearly guided due to a lack of proper coordination of cultural activities among main players, which led to a lack of involvement of civil society and which created challenges in terms of monitoring and reporting. However, Namibia continues to maintain and enhance mutual understanding, respect and pride among diverse cultures and socio-economic groups, for nation building as well as for sustainable development through the cultural sector. Over the years, there have been sustained efforts to support the creation, presentation, preservation and marketing of cultural products and services. These have been particularly through policy revisions, aimed at improving the sector, that provide a renewed confidence in the implementation of measures for the sector.In 2013, UNESCO in conjunction with the University of Namibia carried out a UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) on the cultural industry in Namibia. Furthermore, between 2013 and 2015, Namibia revised its 2001 National Policy on Arts and Culture formulating the Namibia Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy, which will direct efforts in the preservation and promotion of its diverse cultural expressions. This is in addition to revisions in the Communication Act, which include a regulation for twenty (20) per cent of local content to be aired on radio and television, foreseen to positively impact the reach of local content locally and as a catalyst for the development of more content for broadcast purposes. Other policies reviewed have been the Education Policy, which has provided more prominence to arts and crafts as a subject and other related vocational subjects in the school curriculum, while the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s Policy and 2014 Strategy includes initiatives to grow cultural tourism for the financial gains and sustainable development of communities through local crafters and performers of traditional cultural expressions.In the meantime, the College of the Arts got accredited as an institution and now offers six (6) accredited Diploma courses in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts and an Applied Arts Certificate. Furthermore, the Namibian Film Commission has supported the production of various local films, while the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music experienced an increase in the registration of authored music.In conclusion, going forward, stakeholders in the local cultural sector have been identified to form a committee that will be responsible for steering the implementation of the 2005 Convention and will encourage the involvement of local civil society organisations. Therefore, with the aforementioned policy revisions, frameworks and structures it is expected that Namibia will improve the implementation and reporting on the 2005 Convention in future.