Theme:
Expert Facility, Contributing to the SDGs
Type of project:
Capacity Development, Monitoring
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Start date
Jul 2018
End date
Jun 2022

Context/Overview

Bangladesh is home to prominent creative sectors and artists, and benefits from an avid local audience. The country is a globally renowned platform of contemporary cultural and creative based-research, events and exhibitions. To build on its established culture and creative industries, Bangladesh is embarking to elaborate its second quadrennial periodic report on the implementation of the 2005 Convention. The previous report, submitted in 2013, featured Bangladesh’s 2006 National Cultural Policy, which sets the overall framework for the organization of the culture sector in the country. Bangladesh’s second periodic report presents an opportunity to examine the challenges and successes over the last four years, engaging with civil society, the private sector, and professional associations in a participatory approach.

National training workshop

A national training workshop was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 6 to 7 November 2019, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the UNESCO Office in Dhaka. Mr. Fahimul Islam, joint secretary in charge of culture, who underlined Bangladesh’s commitment to the 2005 Convention and the periodic reporting process, opened the workshop.  The training sessions were led by Anupama Sekhar, member of the UNESCO Expert Facility, in collaboration with Mohammed Omer Aiaz, national consultant. The training consisted of presentations on the four goals of the Convention’s monitoring framework as well as in-depth examples of policies and measures from the region. Group work enabled the national team to discuss issues and examples as well as to share information. A first set of policies and measures was identified to be included in the periodic report.

Multi-stakeholder consultation

On 7 November 2019, following the national training workshop, a multi-stakeholder consultation was held, gathering representatives from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, civil society organisations, private sector, media and various ministries and public institutions. The consultation was the occasion to organise a cross-sectoral networking session amongst participants to share information and build a community of practice, which sparked appreciation for best practices as well as for common challenges. Representatives from civil society organisations and the private sector were invited to present their work and to formulate recommendations for their respective sector. Five presentations were made from the following sectors: community radio, contemporary music, photography education, digital infrastructure, and fashion design. The consultation ended with an open discussion.   

Study on the impact of the pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and the UNESCO Office in Dhaka conducted an assessment on the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector in Bangladesh. The study mobilized various stakeholders of the creative and cultural industries, including more than 200 artists, cultural professionals, representatives of cultural organizations, as well as government representatives, who shared their experiences and observations on the impact of the crisis on the creative and cultural sector in Bangladesh. 

The data and information collection effort highlights the current state of creative and cultural industries amidst the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. It aims to inform and support stakeholders to identify potential solutions, immediate and future responses and mitigation measures to the crisis, notably through a list of recommendations.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021, the UNESCO Dhaka Office organized a webinar with key stakeholders to present the study and discuss key recommendations and ways forward.

Link to web news 

Link to the full report

Virtual national launch of the 2022 Global Report

Bangladesh hosted a virtual public launch of the Global Report “ReIShaping Policies for Creativity” on 24 May 2022. The event gathered Ms Beatriz Kaldun, Director of the UNESCO Dhaka office, Ms. Christine Johansson, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Mr. Fahimul Islam, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Cultural Affair, Anupama Sekhar, co-author of the Global Report and member of the UNESCO Expert Facility, Mr. Omer Aia, actor and national consultant on the QPR, Mr. Joy Shahria, singer, music producer, member of the national team, Ms. Kazi Tanzika Jahan, Programme Officer at the National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO project officers. The presentation of the Global Report was followed by a panel discussion on its key messages, the lessons learnt and continuity of the monitoring processes of policies for creativity in Bangladesh, notably on the need for data collection and possible actions to consolidate multistakeholder consultations.

Link to video Recording on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unescodhaka/videos/1218341618992761

Reshaping Cultural Policies for the Promotion of Fundamental Freedoms and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh
Date: 
2018 to 2022
Context/Overview: 

Bangladesh is home to prominent creative sectors and artists, and benefits from an avid local audience. The country is a globally renowned platform of contemporary cultural and creative based-research, events and exhibitions. To build on its established culture and creative industries, Bangladesh is embarking to elaborate its second quadrennial periodic report on the implementation of the 2005 Convention. The previous report, submitted in 2013, featured Bangladesh’s 2006 National Cultural Policy, which sets the overall framework for the organization of the culture sector in the country. Bangladesh’s second periodic report presents an opportunity to examine the challenges and successes over the last four years, engaging with civil society, the private sector, and professional associations in a participatory approach.

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National training workshop
Short Description: 

A national training workshop was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 6 to 7 November 2019, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the UNESCO Office in Dhaka. Mr. Fahimul Islam, joint secretary in charge of culture, who underlined Bangladesh’s commitment to the 2005 Convention and the periodic reporting process, opened the workshop.  The training sessions were led by Anupama Sekhar, member of the UNESCO Expert Facility, in collaboration with Mohammed Omer Aiaz, national consultant. The training consisted of presentations on the four goals of the Convention’s monitoring framework as well as in-depth examples of policies and measures from the region. Group work enabled the national team to discuss issues and examples as well as to share information. A first set of policies and measures was identified to be included in the periodic report.

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Multi-stakeholder consultation
Short Description: 

On 7 November 2019, following the national training workshop, a multi-stakeholder consultation was held, gathering representatives from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, civil society organisations, private sector, media and various ministries and public institutions. The consultation was the occasion to organise a cross-sectoral networking session amongst participants to share information and build a community of practice, which sparked appreciation for best practices as well as for common challenges. Representatives from civil society organisations and the private sector were invited to present their work and to formulate recommendations for their respective sector. Five presentations were made from the following sectors: community radio, contemporary music, photography education, digital infrastructure, and fashion design. The consultation ended with an open discussion.   

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Study on the impact of the pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors
Short Description: 

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and the UNESCO Office in Dhaka conducted an assessment on the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector in Bangladesh. The study mobilized various stakeholders of the creative and cultural industries, including more than 200 artists, cultural professionals, representatives of cultural organizations, as well as government representatives, who shared their experiences and observations on the impact of the crisis on the creative and cultural sector in Bangladesh. 

The data and information collection effort highlights the current state of creative and cultural industries amidst the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. It aims to inform and support stakeholders to identify potential solutions, immediate and future responses and mitigation measures to the crisis, notably through a list of recommendations.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021, the UNESCO Dhaka Office organized a webinar with key stakeholders to present the study and discuss key recommendations and ways forward.

Link to web news 

Link to the full report

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Title of the section: 
Virtual national launch of the 2022 Global Report
Short Description: 

Bangladesh hosted a virtual public launch of the Global Report “ReIShaping Policies for Creativity” on 24 May 2022. The event gathered Ms Beatriz Kaldun, Director of the UNESCO Dhaka office, Ms. Christine Johansson, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Mr. Fahimul Islam, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Cultural Affair, Anupama Sekhar, co-author of the Global Report and member of the UNESCO Expert Facility, Mr. Omer Aia, actor and national consultant on the QPR, Mr. Joy Shahria, singer, music producer, member of the national team, Ms. Kazi Tanzika Jahan, Programme Officer at the National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO project officers. The presentation of the Global Report was followed by a panel discussion on its key messages, the lessons learnt and continuity of the monitoring processes of policies for creativity in Bangladesh, notably on the need for data collection and possible actions to consolidate multistakeholder consultations.

Link to video Recording on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unescodhaka/videos/1218341618992761

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Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
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Reshaping Cultural Policies for the Promotion of Fundamental Freedoms and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions