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CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF CULTURE ... CULTURE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS SHOULD FREELY AND FULLY ENJOY AND ...

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     rd3 SESSION OF THE AFRICAN UNION

    CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF CULTURE 25 29 OCTOBER 2010

    ABUJA, NIGERIA

    CAMC/EXP/4(III)

    THEME: SUSTAINABLE FINANCING OF THE CULTURAL

    DEVELOPMENT SECTOR IN AFRICA

     nd2 Pan-African Cultural Congress Consensus Statement

    25- 26 October 2010

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     nd2 PAN-AFRICAN CULTURAL CONGRESS

    OF THE AFRICA UNION

     THTH09 - 11 NOVEMBER 2009, AU CONFERENCE CENTRE,

    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

    Consensus Statement

    We, the delegates attending the second Pan African Cultural Congress at the AU Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 9 11 November 2009, to

    deliberate on the general theme: “INVENTORY, PROTECTION, AND

    PROMOTION OF AFRICAN CULTURAL GOODS”.

I. Guided by:

    - The African Union Constitutive Act (2000);

    - The African Cultural Charter (1976)

    - The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981);

    - The Charter for the African Cultural Renaissance (2006);

    - The African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries in

    Africa (2008);

    - And All relevant international instruments for the protection and

    promotion of culture goods including the UNESCO Convention on the

    means of prohibiting preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of

    property of cultural goods (1970), the Convention for the Safeguarding

    of the Intangible Cultural Heritage ( 2003) and the Convention on the

    Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

    (2005)

II. Convinced that:

    ; Culture is a fundamental right that all individuals, communities and nations

    should freely and fully enjoy and preserve with the aim, of collectively and

    constantly, promote human dignity, better living standards and well being of

    the African people;

    ; Tangible and intangible heritage if mainstreamed into social life and education

    programmes and if properly promoted is an invaluable catalyst for sustainable

    human and social development, social harmony, integration and peace;

    Tangible and intangible heritage, as part of culture, should be efficiently

    identified and protected to be transmitted to future generations; Governments

    have an obligation to ensure inventory protection and promotion of African

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    cultural goods which calls for a stronger participatory approach associating

    the private sector, women, youth, community based organizations as well as

    regional and international partners;

    ; The development of cultural and creative industries, as well as the promotion

    of cultural heritage, alongside with tourism, environment and trade represent

    valuable tools for community social and economic development in Africa.

    ; Language is both an intangible cultural heritage and a vehicle for transmitting

    culture, facilitating communication and creating understanding through

    mediating social interaction;

    III. Reaffirm that the use of African languages at school and in all African public and work places, administrative, judiciary and cultural institutions should remain a high priority in Africa’s socio-economic development and the African Cultural

    Renaissance;

    IV. Reemphasize the critical importance of social education in which all cultural development stakeholders should play an active leading role in order to facilitate inter-generational transmission of culture and concretize the vision of a peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa;

    V. Acknowledge that globalization, global influence of Media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) create challenges but also great opportunities for African cultural development stakeholders;

    VI. Raise a renewed awareness of the African Union Vision of an integral, united and prosperous Africa and its initiatives aiming at helping African cultural development stakeholders to take full advantage of the positive side of globalization.

VII. Commit ourselves to take the following specific actions:

    1. Urge all State Parties, African citizens residing in Africa and in Diaspora,

    Non state actors, including Civil Society Organizations and human-rights

    groups, development partners, and friends of Africa, to acknowledge,

    understand, promote, advocate, and support efforts to translate our

    commitments into deeds, in order to make the Pan-African Cultural