Senegal : First capacity-building workshop on the 2005 Convention
This workshop is organized within the framework of the project "Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the Diversity of cultural expressions”, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
What has Senegal done since it ratified in 2006 the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions? This is a question that will be covered during the four-day workshop organised by UNESCO Dakar with Senegal's Ministry of Culture for the national team to designated to elaborate the national Periodic Report that Senegal will submit to UNESCO on the implementation of the 2005 Convention in the country.
As a Party to the 2005 Convention, Senegal has a statutory obligation to submit a report on the implementation of this Convention to UNESCO, which will document the global report that UNESCO will publish in December 2017 on the implementation of the Convention at the international level.
The elaboration of the periodic report provides an unprecedented opportunity to: consult a wide range of stakeholders in the cultural sector; identify their needs and challenges; obtain data and statistics on the culture sector; and define reference data to ensure that the country’s cultural policy is closer to reality and to the artists’/creators’ and professionals’ vision in the cultural sector.
The training will be led by two international experts and will serve to the collection and sharing of information necessary to the periodic report. Participants will include 30 experts from public institutions and civil society. Directors from the Regional Cultural Centres (RCC) will participate so that the messages of the 2005 Convention are conveyed in the 14 regions of the country. As for the cultural press, it will benefit from a full day of training on the 2005 Convention and the importance of media diversity.
It is expected that this capacity-building workshop is a first step to establish a lasting dialogue between the government and civil society on the country's cultural policy.