3-day National Workshop in Rwanda on the Periodic Reporting of the UNESCO 2005 Convention
What has Rwanda done for its culture sector since it ratified in 2012 the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions? This is the question covered by a “National Workshop on the Periodic Reporting of the UNESCO 2005 Convention” that UNESCO Nairobi and the Rwandan Government organize from 25 to 27 May, in Kigali, Rwanda. As a Party to the 2005 Convention, Rwanda has a statutory obligation to submit a periodic report to UNESCO every four years, the first one due for 2016.
Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the project ‘Enhancing Fundamental Freedoms through the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions’ aims to strengthen institutional and professional capacities of governmental and civil society actors to monitor and report on the diversity of cultural expressions.
This workshop is part of a series of capacity-building activities UNESCO implements in Rwanda. A first activity of a “National Multi-Stakeholder Consultative Meeting” was held in Kigali on 23 May 2016 bringing together representatives of both governmental and civil society organizations and provided them with a platform for dialogue on cultural policies.
During the workshop, the Rwandan national team will learn more in depth the guiding principles and mechanisms of the Convention, its reporting framework, as well as the monitoring framework developed for the Convention. A first Global Report on the implementation of the Convention, published in December 2015, will also be presented as a tool to learn about innotative policy practices and current trends on issues covered by the Convention. It is expected that the periodic reporting provides Rwanda to consult various stakeholders of the culture sector, identify their needs and challenges, define baseline data to be able to measure progress in the future and have a policy dialogue.