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Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture for Sustainable Development through the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The proposed project funded by DANIDA-CKU aims to empower governmental and civil society actors to take part in participatory policy making for culture and raise their awareness about the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expression in view of its ratification by Pakistan. The Convention as a legally-binding standard setting instrument ensures a wide range of people including women, youth and marginalized groups to create, produce, disseminate and have free access to and participate in cultural activities.

Main implementation modalities include: research and mapping studies (cultural and stakeholder mapping), needs assessment/baseline research, conducting open and multi-stakeholder consultations and training workshops. Through organizing the proposed consultations and national training workshops, governmental and civil society actors as well as a wider public including women, youth and other vulnerable groups will understand the objectives and guiding principles of the Convention as well as the relevance of the Convention as a framework to create an enabling environment for artistic creativity and public space for vibrant cultural activities on the one hand, and to promote regional and international cultural cooperation on the other.

It is expected that through the project activities, the governmental and civil society actors will be empowered to elaborate the existing cultural policies in line with the Convention and raise awareness about the Convention and that their increased knowledge about the Convention would lead towards the ratification and effective implementation of the Convention in Pakistan.