Directorate of Culture in Collaboration with UNESCO and CKU held a 2-days workshop on participatory policy making for the creative sector and the UNESCO convention 2005 on the protection and promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
For the first time, in the history of Pakistan, KP earned the honor to gather its people on a single platform to initiate and produce an effective and transparent culture policy for its people.
People representing different aspects of KP's culture like creative artists, visual artists, writers, poets, linguists, researchers, journalists, dramatists, film makers, directors, entrepreneurs, producers, social activists, actors, musicians along with folks from different government sectors, like labor, minerals, taxation, information etc, people from academia, PhD scholars from different institutions, and people from legislation, IT, 3D animators, visual effects and compositors participated in the workshop, with the UNESCO team, Director UNESCO Vibeke Jensen, Andrew Senior, Dr Salman, Reico Yoshida, Jawad Aziz and Hassan, and Deputy Secretary Culture Adil Safi, Deputy Director Culture Ajmal Khan, Naeem Safi, and team SDC "Directorate of Culture".
Director UNESCO Vibeke Jensen said in her speech:
"This Convention is the first and only international treaty to date that provides a policy framework for the creative sector. It was adopted by UNESCO’s Member States, because in the face of the growing globalization and free trade movement, the international community felt the urgency to recognize the distinctive nature of cultural goods, services and activities as vehicles of identity, values and meaning. I am truly impressed by the diversity of stakeholders present here today. We have artists, singers, writers, intellectuals, academics, social activists, culture experts, teachers, creative entrepreneurs, journalists, and government officials from various departments. This diversity of is fundamental for the creative economy, because making creative economy works requires cooperation with every one of you".
Deputy Secretary Adil Safi termed the activity to be of immense importance:
"This activity, initiated by UNESCO with collaboration of Directorate of Culture, is of immense importance with regard to safeguarding, and capitalizing on cultural heritage in the era of globalization". It is a good opportunity, that we all come together to elaborate a policy for the creative sector in KP. This will help developing an evidence based, transparent and participatory policy making exercise for creative sector of KP with the collaboration of different levels of government and private sectors".
The participants discussed the challenges and solutions individually and in groups during the sessions.