of programmes at the British Council in Nigeria has defended the legality of
the 2005 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) Convention for the protection and promotion of the diversity of
Ojoma Ochai said the instrument, that was ratified by 146 state parties including The Gambia, essentially has some guidelines under which state parties and civil societies must work together to support the culture and creative industries.
Addressing a national team forum on Gambia’s quadrennial periodic reporting on the UNESCO cultural diversity at The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) in Kanifing, Ochai said the Convention gave countries the right to protect their cultural diversity.
The forum was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC).
The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a legally-binding international agreement that ensures artists, cultural professionals, practitioners and citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities, including their own.
During the three days forum, participants discussed the four goals of the Convention including governance of the sectors.
Ochai said there are opportunities to change and to export and import cultural goods and services, making sure that there are fundamental human rights and freedoms, including freedom of artistic expression and internal cooperation and sustainable development.