Within the framework of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) that was ratified by Palestine in 2011, the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO National Office for Palestine are drafting the second periodic report on monitoring cultural practices in Palestine, to be submitted to UNESCO in 30 April 2020 as a state party to the Convention, in cooperation with the different concerned ministries, civil society and cultural institutions. Furthermore, UNESCO Ramallah Office and Drosos Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture are leading a study to map of the cultural sector in Palestine to assess the different dimensions of culture specified in the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) manual, to enhance culture as a tool for sustainable development. Palestine's four-year periodic report (2017) highlights important achievements and challenges in public policy areas to support creativity. One of the challenges highlighted was the lack of capacity, structures and human resources to pursue cultural policy reforms to cope with the rapid globalization, technological development and cultural requirements.
As a solution to the challenges, the Palestinian government is committed to take sustained measures to create awareness among cultural communities about the current cultural trends and creative industries, promote cultural education, train skilled human resources, encourage initiatives and creativity of artists, and enable cultural entrepreneurs to present, sell and market sustainable products, in addition to supporting the improvement of the status of the artists and cultural professionals, including social security issues. The two projects are expected to engage all relevant stakeholders, governmental, non-governmental and private, as well as artists and cultural professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities, in addition to cultural policies and measures in Palestine, and to participate in the elaboration of the quadrennial periodic report on Palestine that is due on 30 April 2020. It also involves enhancing participatory, transparent and informed policy-making and monitoring processes and publishing the first study of its kind in Palestine on monitoring the different dimension of culture to sustainable development.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, the UNESCO Office for Palestine organised two multi-stakeholder consultations, which brought together over 60 culture practitioners, arts and decision makers, representing the public and private sector that focus on culture, human rights and gender equality on 9 December 2019 in Ramallah and on 11 December 2019 in East Jerusalem. The participants discussed the process of the Quadrennial Periodic Report (QPR) on the implementation of the 2005 Convention and the Mapping of the Cultural Sector and the Culture for Development Indicators in Palestine. The Council of Ministers has issued a decree to form a National Team that will be implementing both projects. The Minister of Culture, H.E. Dr. Atef Abu Seif stressed the importance of the consultation process in preparing Palestine’ second QPR. The consultation meetings included interventions by professionals on cultural policies and the cultural and creative industries in Palestine. A third consultation meeting will be organised in Gaza.