African Cultural Policy Documents

Working papers, reports, conclusions, recommendations and other relevant documents and publications, in chronological order.

  • Bibliography of publications and documents on cultural policies, cultural development and on issues of culture and development interaction, produced by UNESCO or with its support:
    Introduction, available in French only
    1990 - 2001 (PDF, 150 kB),
    1960 - 1989 (PDF, 122 kB).
    Note: Items of a general interest for cultural policies and those of a specific interest for Africa are listed in bold type.
  • Basic documents on language policy in Africa, Bisharat, African language, technology, and development initiative



  • Santo Domingo Resolution, ACP/83/046/06 [Final], PAHD Dept., 2nd Meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 2006 (PDF, 42 kB)
  • Declaration of Paris, adopted at conference marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the First International Congress of Black Writers and Artists, Paris, France, September 2006 (PDF, 31 kB)
  • Salvador Declaration, adopted by the Second Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora - II CIAD, Salvador, Brazil, July 2006 (PDF, 19 kB)



  • General Report on Intergenerational Dialogue, First International Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora, African Union, Dakar, Senegal, October 2004
    Available in French only.
  • Report, First Conference of Intellectuals of Africa and the Diaspora, African Union, Dakar, Senegal, October 2004 (PDF, 302 kB)
  • Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions, Preliminary Report of the Director-General, CLT/CPD/2004/CONF.201/1, UNESCO, Paris, July 2004 (PDF, 377 kB)
  • Workshop on Fighting Piracy of Musical Works in Africa, Pan-African Music Festival, General Commission, Brazzaville, Congo, July 2004
    Available in French only.
  • Action Area 6: Culture - Priority Programme 23: Cultural Renaissance, Volume 3: 2004-2007 Plan of Action - Programmes to Speed up Integration of the Continent, Strategic Plan of the Commission of the African Union, July 2004 (PDF, 35 kB)
  • Summary Report, West and Central African Regional Workshop for the Promotion of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, Dakar, Senegal, June 2004
    Available in French only.
  • General Report, West and Central African Regional Workshop for the Promotion of UNESCO's Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Dakar, Senegal, June 2004
    Available in French only.
  • Decission 06/2004/CM/UEMOA and Action Programme, Annex to Decission 06/2004/CM/UEMOA; Common Action Programme for the Production, Circulation and Conservation of pictures within WAEMU Member States, Bamako, Mali, June 2004
    Available in French only.
  • Programme, Final Report, Recommendations and Working Documents; Sub-regional Meeting on the Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Dakar, Senegal, March 2004
    Available in French only.
  • African Union Consultations for the Development of a Cultural Programme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2004
    Available in French only.
  • UNDP Human Development Report 2004 - Cultural Liberty in Today's Diverse World, UNDP, 2004 (PDF, 2.9 MB)





1990 - 1999

- 1989

  • Declaration of the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity on the Cultural Aspects in the Lagos Plan of Action, Organization of African Unity, Twenty-first Ordinary Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July, 1985 (PDF, 12 kB)
  • Séminaire national pour le définition d'une politique culturelle, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, Conseil Militaire, Comité Militaire Supreme, République du Niger; Tillabery 22-30/7/85
  • Projet de rapport de synthese; Evaluation Prospective des Résultats d'Africult; Fabrizio, Afrique/ICA –1981-RP
  • Evaluation prospective des politiques culturelles en Afrique, Dakar, 1981
  • Cultural Charter for Africa, Organization of African Unity meeting in its Thirteenth Ordinary Session, Port Louis, Mauritius, July 1976 (PDF, 29 kB)
  • Evaluation prospective de la mise en application dans les Etats-membres des recommendations de la conférence intergouvernementale sur les politiques culturelles, Accra, 1975
  • Final Report, Intergovernmental Conference on institutional, Administrative and Financial Aspects of Cultural Policies, UNESCO, Venice, Italy, August-September 1970 (PDF, 3.5 MB)
  • Meeting of Experts on Problems of Cultural Policies in Africa, Dakar, October 1969, Final Report, Doc. SHC/CONF.40/3, Annexes I-III, Paris, UNESCO, 24 November 1969, 21 p. (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • Pan African Cultural Manifesto, First All African Cultural Festival, Organization of African Unity, Algiers, July/August 1969 (PDF, 36 kB)
  • ICA (reference to UNESCO Archive files CLT/CPD/CRM/ICA)
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, adopted and opened for signature, ratification, and accession by UN General Assembly Resolution 2200 A (XXI) on 16 December 1966, entered into force on 3 January 1976 in accordance with article 27 (PDF, 29 kB)