Ghana Ratifies Seven UNESCO Conventions

The Parliament of Ghana has ratified seven United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conventions for the protection of the country's cultural heritage.

The ratification of the conventions, which is a requirement by member states, is expected to give legal protection and strengthen the country's cultural heritage.


They are the convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, convention on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict with registration for the execution of the convention, as well as the convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property.


The rest are the convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage, convention for the protection of phonograms against unauthorized duplication and the UNIDROIT convention on stolen or illegal exported cultural objects.


Moving the motion for the adoption of the report of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism on the conventions, Chairman of the committee, Mr. George Kwame Aboagye, said it was brought to the attention of the committee that the conventions when ratified would help promote information sharing, provide technical training for member states, access funds for projects and programmes under the conventions.


He said the ratification would also assist in the creation of a platform for world stage publicity, as well as provide opportunity to serve on critical committees and governing bodies of UNESCO sub-committees.


Mr  Kwame Aboagye who is also the MP for Ahanta West in the Weston Region said the committee was informed that UNESCO would in the next biennium focus on the creative industry, especially mechanism that foster local production of cultural goods and services, as well as the development of local market and access to platforms for distribution and exchange, adding that the country stands to benefit in that regard.


The Chairman explained that the ratification would enable the country benefit from UNESCO’s programmes on gender equality in the areas of vocational education, professional training and the empowerment of women.


Members who contributed to the motion called for the review of all protocol and conventions adopted by the country so that they would be internalised to be in tandem with  the country's laws.


The domestic ratification of the seven conventions of UNESCO on cultural development was laid in Parliament on 18th November 2014 and referred to the committee on trade, industry and tourism for consideration and report pursuant to article 75 of the 1992 constitution and Order 159 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.


Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)

Created: 15 July 2015
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