Reshaping cultural policies in Senegal: launching of the preparation of Senegal's second quadrennial periodic report for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

When :

from Tuesday 12 November, 2019
to Saturday 16 November, 2019

Type of event :

Consultative Meeting

Where :

Hotel Wakola Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Dakar, Senegal

Contact :

Senegal's Ministry of Culture and Communication, in partnership with UNESCO, is launching a new national assessment exercise on the cultural measures and policies that have been implemented over the past four years in support of cultural and creative industries.

From 12 to 16 November 2019, Senegal, known in the subregion for its dynamic cultural and creative scene, will launch the process of preparing its second quadrennial periodic report under the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to which it has been a Party since 2006.

A first day will be devoted to a multi-stakeholder consultation that will bring together representatives of other ministries also concerned with the issue of cultural and creative industries, artists and cultural professionals, but also technical and financial partners. This meeting will provide an opportunity to engage in open discussions on the challenges and progress of the creative sector in Senegal and, above all, to present the national team composed of government and civil society actors that will be responsible for preparing this report, which is expected by 30 April 2020.

This multi-stakeholder consultation will be followed by a three-day facilitation workshop during which members of the national team will be trained on the methodology and monitoring tools made available by UNESCO, noting that Senegal, which submitted its first report in 2016, already has experience in this area. The monitoring framework proposed by the 2005 Convention presents eleven monitoring areas that highlight issues such as media diversity, mobility of artists, national sustainable development policies and plans, and artistic freedom.

Finally, a fifth day will be dedicated to an open exchange session with civil society organizations that are key stakeholders and play an important role in the development of the sector. To this end, this session is part of a spirit of participatory, transparent monitoring and sharing between actors from the public and private sectors and will highlight the contribution of civil society to the development of the sector, so that these initiatives can be taken into account in the next report submitted by the State Party.
This initiative is supported by financial support from the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency as part of the second phase of the project "Rethinking cultural policies for the promotion of fundamental freedoms and the diversity of cultural expressions", which benefits nineteen countries around the world.