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NCAC, stakeholders Validate Gambia’s Periodic Report On Implementation Of UNESCO 2003 Convention For Safeguarding ICH

By Yunus S Saliu

The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) with scores of stakeholders on Friday, 1st of December 2023 converged at the National Museum at Independence Drive, Banjul for a public presentation and validation of the Draft Intangible Cultural Heritage Reporting Form produced on The Gambia’s Periodic Report on The Implementation of The 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

The daylong meeting brought together different stakeholders in the sector and was meant to discuss the presented report with the stakeholders and validate it. The 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the ICH was ratified in 2011 by The Gambia and has been reporting on the activities that the country has undertaken as the 2003 convention is concerned.

It is supported by UNESCO and implemented by the National Centre for Arts and Culture.
Sanna Jarjou of the NCAC serving as the focal person for the Intangible Cultural Heritage, The Gambia urged the participants to do their best in discussing and validating the report as it is very important to the country.

He noted that the report will further pave the way forward for the future of ICH in the country while and as well encouraged them to take their time in giving relevant and important information as much as they could.

According to him, it is mandated on the implementing body and the country to report on the activities engaged for the year, prepare reports, discuss, and validate them to allow the National Centre for Arts and Culture to make a final submission to UNESCO.

It was a well-attended forum where every participant’s input was respected, noted, and later validated by the consortium of stakeholders at the meeting.

Hassoum Ceesay, the Director General of the National Centre for Arts and Culture thanked stakeholders for giving their best in discussing and validating the report.

He briefly reflected on the 2003 UNESCO Convention saying since The Gambia ratified it, it became a must to report on activities that the country partook in he applauded the UNESCO office for its support to The Gambia in different areas as far as culture and relevant issues are concerned. Remember that The NCAC has successfully reported on the 1972, and 2005 Conventions as required, and is now ready to submit the Country Report on the 2003 Convention.

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