Through a four year process of double ended ground up and top down sensitisation, prodding, lobbying and encouragement, St Kitts/Nevis ratified the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. Congratulations to the local authorities, led by the local commission on achieving this milestone.
The pace and processes to policy develop change, reform and development is slow, and additionally challenging for Small Island Developing States in minute and complex socio-economic, cultural and political milieu. Intimate understanding of the challenges facing the local and regional environment to bridge understanding about uses and relevance to local and national development and the relationship between and among what seems to be a bewildering mass of conventions and other international instruments and processes, ongoing support, prodding and guidance of local authorities through this has brought St Kitts Nevis now to a position to move towards implementation. That it began in the spirit of inclusion, engaging both islands meaningfully sets the stage for ongoing action...
St Kitts and Nevis joins successes in Belize, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados among others ... more Best Practices from the Caribbean in national and global contexts ... ...
SKNVibes | Consultation on UNESCO’S cultural convention gets impressive support