Policies and legislations

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UNESCO Ramallah Office provides capacity development and technical support to the Line Ministries and other relevant national authorities for the development of policies and legal frameworks, through the implementation of the UNESCO conventions in the field of culture.

UNESCO Ramallah Office has supported the preparation of a modern, adequate and effective legislation for the protection, management and promotion of Palestinian cultural heritage and for the prevention of illegal trafficking of cultural artefacts in Palestine. In June 2018, the Decree Law no. 11/2018 concerning Tangible Cultural Heritage entered into force after it was signed by President Mahmoud Abbas and published on the official gazette. The decree law was endorsed with the technical and financial support of UNESCO provided to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in consultation with civil society organizations specialized in cultural heritage preservation. UNESCO continues to assist the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the preparation of four bylaws and one procedural instructions to enable the proper implementation of the decree law.

UNESCO Ramallah Office continues to strengthening national capacities for the safeguarding of Palestinian intangible cultural heritage for the effective implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, with financial support of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. In this regard, UNESCO is assisting the Ministry of Culture in the review of the draft law for the safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, in accordance with international standards and norms and with the international normative instruments in the field of culture ratified by Palestine.

As the co-Chair of the Culture and Tourism Sector Working group, UNESCO Ramallah Office provides technical support to the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the preparation and implementation of the two sector strategies for Culture and Heritage 2017-2022, included in the Palestine’s National Policy Agenda, 2017-2022, which identified culture and heritage as key development priority areas for the country.