Quadrennial Periodic Report
República Arabe Siria 2020

Quadrennial Periodic Report - - 03/09/2020 - 12:56

General Information

Technical Information

Name of Party: 
República Arabe Siria
Date of Ratification: 
2007
Officially Designated Point of Contact of the Convention: 

QPR Stakeholder

Title: 
Mr.
Address: 
Tawfik Al Imam
Ministry of Culture
Damascus /AlMalki Street
Damascus
Syria
Phone Number: 
00963113328542
00963113338979
Email: 
safa7mh@hotmail.com
samitar72@hotmail.com
Describe the multi-stakeholder consultation process established for the preparation of this report, including consultations with relevant ministries, public institutions, local governments and civil society organizations.: 

This report was prepared in consultation with the Ministry of Information in the Syrian Arab Republic, and with the Syrian Trust for Development as a leading development institution in the social field well-known to the Ministry of Social Affairs in accordance with Resolution No. Q / 4/1261 dated 16/7/2001.

Executive summary: 

The legislative system in Syria guarantees the protection and promotion of the diversity of forms of cultural expressions, within the framework of respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and affirms that all cultures are equal in dignity and worthy of respect.
The Constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic 2012 confirmed, in a number of its articles, especially Articles / 9-33-34-42-43 / that the constitution guarantees the protection of the cultural diversity of the Syrian society with all its components and the multiplicity of its tributaries, as it is a national heritage, and that freedom is a sacred right that the state guarantees it for citizens, and citizens are equal in rights and duties, no distinction is made between them on the basis of gender, origin, language, religion or belief, and the state guarantees the principle of equal opportunity between them, and that every citizen has the right to contribute to social and cultural life, and freedom of belief is safeguarded in accordance with the law, Every citizen may express his opinion freely and publicly by saying or writing or by all means of expressions, and that the state guarantees freedom of the press, printing, publishing and the media and their independence in accordance with the law.

The national legislation also reflected these foundations. The Law on the Protection of Copyrights and Related Rights in Syria was issued by Legislative Decree No. 62 of 2013, which contributes to preserving the copyrights of intellectuals, writers, artists, and other participants in the process of cultural and artistic creation, and a new law was also issued No. 7 of 2018, for organizing the Ministry of Culture, which included among its objectives, the popularization of knowledge and culture among the masses, the promotion of arts and literature, the revival of intangible cultural heritage, the creation of an appropriate climate for the involvement of the private sector in cultural activity, and its licensing to establish rehabilitation institutes and artistic centers, cultural forums and clubs., And enhance communication with international cultural and artistic institutions, establish joint activities and ensure fulfillment of the cultural part of the obligations specified in the Arab, regional and International agreements are in force, as the government is nearing completion of preparing a draft law on safeguarding the intangible national cultural heritage, which will contribute to strengthening the protection and preservation of traditions and oral cultural expressions, including language as a medium for expressing heritage, arts and traditions of performing arts ... etc.

Contact details of the stakeholders involved in the preparation of the quadrennial periodic report (QPR). Please also include the contact details of the civil society organizations (CSOs) if they have contributed to the QPR drafting, including through the CSO form.: 
Organization typeOrganizationEmailWebsite
Public Sector
Ministry of culture
samitar72@hotmail.com

Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture

Cultural and Creative Sectors

A Ministry (or agency with ministerial status) is responsible for cultural and creative sectors: 
YES
Regional, provincial or local governments or administrations have decentralised responsibilities for policies and measures promoting the cultural and creative sectors:: 
YES
Regulatory frameworks and sector specific laws, policies and/or strategies supporting the cultural and creative industries have been revised or adopted during the last 4 years: 
YES
If YES, has at least one of them been designed through interministerial cooperation (involving different government departments responsible for policy areas, such as communication, education, ICT, trade, foreign affairs, labor, finance): 
YES
Specific education and training programmes in the arts and the cultural and creative sectors are established, including: 
Digital literacy programmes for creation and experimentation
Technical and vocational education and training programmes in
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Music
Performing arts
Tertiary and university education degrees in
Cinema/audiovisual arts
Music
Performing arts
Specific measures and programmes have been implemented over the last 4 years to: 
Support job creation in the cultural and creative sectors
Encourage the formalization and growth of micro/small and medium-sized cultural enterprises
Statistical offices or research bodies have produced data during the last 4 years: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

National Literacy Campaign

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
All illiterate from adults who are over 15 years old The campaign aims to transform the Syrian society into a society free from illiteracy, by relying on qualified human resources and the values inherent in it, by developing educational methods capable of developing individual skills and capabilities, with the aim of building an active, open, and able person to participate in the reconstruction process, and to restore what has cracked in the conditions of the crisis and its repercussions.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Data was collected, and coordination with representatives of the relevant public agencies (Education - Interior - Defense - Endowments - Higher Education - Social Affairs and Labor - Local Administration - Media - Administrative Development), and the executive program of the National Literacy Campaign was completed, and his executive matrix was prepared, which entered into force recently after all other parties involved in the implementation agreed on its content and duly approved it.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

There is no separated financial block allocated to the program, but rather it is spent from the funds allocated to the Literacy Fund, with reference that the activities of the Fund are not limited to financing this campaign.

If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministries of Education - Interior - Defense - Endowments - Higher Education - Social Affairs and Labor - Local Administration - Media - Administrative Development, and community
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Name of partner: 
The Syrian Student Union and the Revolutionary Youth Union
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Media Diversity

Public service media has a legal or statutory remit to promote a diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Policies and measures promote content diversity in programming by supporting: 
Regional and/or local broadcasters
Socio-cultural programming (e.g. children, youth, people with disabilities, etc.)
Domestic content regulations for audio-visual media exist (e.g. quotas for production or distribution requirements for national films, TV series or music on radio): 
YES
Regulatory authority(ies) monitoring media exist: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name and year of establishment of the regulatory authority(ies): 
Ministry of Information
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) monitor: 
Public media
Community media
Private sector media
Online media
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) are responsible for: 
Issuing licenses to broadcasters, content providers, platforms
Receiving and addressing public complaints such as online harassment, fake news, hate speech, etc.
Monitoring cultural (including linguistic) obligations
Monitoring gender equality in the media
Monitoring editorial independence of the media
Monitoring diversity in media ownership (diversity of ownership structures, transparency of ownership rules, limits on ownership concentration, etc.)
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Evaluating texts and watching dramatic production

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Information
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Diseño
Medios de comunicación
Las artes escénicas
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
In order to ensure the integrity of the text content, and good technical level of dramas
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Dramatic product at a decent level and competitor on a regional level.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Radio and Television Public Authority - Film Industry Committee -
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Dramatic Production Institutions
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Entorno digital

Policies, measures or mechanisms are in place to support the digital transformation of cultural and creative industries and institutions (e.g. funding for digitization of analogue industries): 
YES
Policies or measures have been introduced to ensure vibrant domestic digital cultural and creative industries markets with a diversity of e-players of all sizes (e.g. fair remuneration rules; control market concentration; prevention of monopolies of digital content providers/distributors or their algorithms that potentially restrict the diversity of cultural expressions, etc.):: 
YES
Policies and measures have been implemented to enhance access to and discoverability of domestically produced cultural content in the digital environment (e.g. action plans or policies for digital content pluralism, public support to cultural or artistic portals in specific languages, national or regional online distribution platforms for domestic content, etc.): 
YES
Measures and initiatives have been implemented to promote digital creativity and competencies of artists and other cultural professionals working with new technologies (e.g. spaces for experimentation, incubators, etc.): 
YES
Statistics or studies with recent data on access to digital media, including on the type of cultural content available through digital media, are available: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Software training courses

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Information
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Diseño
Medios de comunicación
Música
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Providing the trainees with digital programming skills in the fields of media
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Graduating a number of qualified in this field
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Greater attention should be taken to digital content, making it available to everyone, providing information, and free access to information.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Institutions of the Ministry of Information (Public Authority for Radio and Television - Television Production Corporation - SANA Agency - Arab Advertising Foundation - Al Wahda Foundation)
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Partnering with Civil Society

Professional organizations and/or trade unions representing artists and/or cultural professionals in the following sectors exist in your country (i.e. federation of musicians, publishers unions, etc.): 
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Publishing
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Public funding schemes supporting CSOs involvement in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions exist: 
YES
Training and mentoring opportunities were organized or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years to build skills on communication, advocacy and/or fundraising of civil society organizations involved in the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Dialogue mechanisms between public authorities and CSOs for cultural policy making and/or monitoring have been implemented during the last 4 years (meetings, working groups, etc.): 
YES
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-Launching the Syrian Culture Conference, which promotes community participation in shaping future cultural policies. - Establishing cultural festivals for different segments of society and in the various governorates.
Policies and measures promoting the diversity of cultural expressions have been elaborated in consultation with CSOs during the last 4 years: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Development of cultural mobile applications

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Syriatel Mobile Telecom (a public anonymous joint stock company)
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Medios de comunicación
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Developing a mobile application for the first team that enables the citizen to view and inquire about the activities, programs and products of the ministry and its affiliated entities such as a book, theater, cinema, music, etc.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
1. Preparing databases of digital information required to implement mobile applications, and providing appropriate support regarding the process of securing and managing the information content required for applications. 2. Qualify the professionals in charge of managing the required application content regarding activities, programs and products of the ministry and its affiliated entities. 3. Publish the numbers of magazines and periodicals electronically according to the schedules and availability levels determined by the ministry. 4. Publishing the application on the Ministry's website and all electronic means that the first team deems appropriate.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
The Ministry of Culture and its affiliated entities
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Syriatel Mobile Telecom
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Please indicate if the following policies and measures exist in your country: 
Policies and measures supporting the outward mobility of artists and cultural professionals (e.g. export offices, support for participation in international cultural markets for cultural professionals, etc.)
Specific visa policies or other cross border measures supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and cultural professionals in your country (e.g. simplified visa procedures, reduced fees for visas, visas for longer durations)
Work permit regulations supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and cultural professionals in your country (e.g. double taxation avoidance agreements, special work permits and health insurance, subsidies to cover living expenses, etc.)
Please indicate if the following operational programmes have been developed or supported/funded by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Information resources or training services providing practical guidance to facilitate the mobility of cultural professionals (e.g. Internet platforms)
Infrastructure (e.g. arts residencies, cultural institutes, etc.) having a mandate to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and hosting a large number of foreign artists, notably from developing countries
Major cultural events (e.g. cultural seasons, festivals, cultural industries markets, etc.) having a mandate to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and hosting a large number of foreign artists, notably from developing countries
Please indicate if the following mobility funds (e.g. scholarships, travel grants, etc.) have been managed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Public funds supporting the outward mobility of national or resident artists and other cultural professionals
Public funds supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and other cultural professionals, notably from developing countries
Public funds specifically supporting the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals from or between developing countries, including through North-South-South and South-South cooperation
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Facilitating the participation of publishers in foreign book fairs.

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Union of Publishers in the Syrian Arab Republic
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Industria editorial
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Conducting correspondence with the authorities concerned with holding foreign exhibitions to obtain entry and residence visas for representatives of publishing houses during exhibitions period, and granting publishing houses that wish to participate the facilities and features that help them to participate.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Increase the number of national publishing houses participating in foreign book fairs.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Type of entity: 
Private Sector
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Flow of Cultural Goods and Services

Export strategies or measures to support the distribution of cultural goods and services outside your country exist for the following cultural domains: 
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Publishing
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Your country has granted or benefited from preferential treatment* to support a balanced exchange of cultural goods and services in the last 4 years: 
YES, I have benefited from preferential treatment
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture in the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ministry of Culture in the Sultanate of Oman regarding the restoration of some Syrian manuscripts and the establishment of a heritage exhibition for them in the Sultanate of Oman.
Your country has provided or benefited in the last 4 years from Aid for Trade support, a form of Official Development Assistance (ODA), that helped to build capacities to formulate trade policies, participate in negotiating and implementing agreements that provide a special status to cultural goods and services: 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Supporting the film industry

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Exempt the funds of the General movable and immovable cinema allocated for cinematographic production from taxes and fees.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Increase the amount and type of film production in the organization
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture - General Organization for Cinema - Ministry of Finance
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Tratados y acuerdos

Multilateral or bilateral trade and/or investment agreements providing a special status to cultural goods and/or services have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negociation: 
-
Multilateral or bilateral agreements including specific provisions providing a special status to cultural goods and services and digital products in the field of e-commerce have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negotiation: 
-
Multilateral or bilateral agreements, declarations and/or strategies on relevant policy issues for the diversity of cultural expressions (e.g. education, digital, intellectual property, sustainable development, gender equality, etc.) signed or amended to take into account the objectives or principles of the Convention during the last 4 years: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

The Agreements Of Historical Document Maintenance

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture - Al-Assad Library
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Industria editorial
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Restoration of damaged historical documents
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Restoration of the original manuscript "Marine Maps and Guides " by Ahmed bin Majed Al Saadi,
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Syrian Ministry of Culture - Al-Assad Library - Omani Ministry of Culture - Oman National Museum.
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks

National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans

National sustainable development plans and strategies recognize the strategic role of: 
Culture (in general)
Creativity and innovation
Cultural and creative industries
Please rate from 1 to 4 the type of outcomes expected by the inclusion of culture in national sustainable development plans and strategies 1 most often expected outcome 4 least expected outcome): 
Economic (e.g. employment, trade, intellectual property, cultural and creative industries, rural and territorial development): 
2
Social (e.g. social cohesion and inclusion, inequality and poverty reduction, values and identity, vulnerable and minority groups, empowerment and human capital, education): 
3
Environmental (e.g. natural resources, reducing environmental impact of cultural industries and practices): 
4
Cultural (e.g. cultural infrastructure, participation and access to culture, innovation, artists support): 
1
Public cultural bodies and agencies responsible for culture or creative industries are involved in the design and implementation of sustainable development policies and plans (i.e. participate in coordination mechanisms such as joint planning committees): 
YES
Cultural industry-led regeneration initiatives and projects at the regional, urban and/or rural levels have been implemented in the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures facilitate participation in cultural life and access to diverse cultural facilities and expressions, notably addressing the needs of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups (e.g. via reduced entrance fees; audience development, arts education and audiences awareness-raising): 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Developing Of The Cultural Product

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
The Ministry of Culture and its affiliated entities
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Diseño
Medios de comunicación
Música
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Upgrading the level of publications of the Ministry of Culture, qualifying and developing the work of cultural centers, facilitating popular culture avenues, and enriching them with modern innovations, encouraging various groups of society to benefit from literary and scientific heritage, transferring culture to remote areas and villages, and developing the existing movie and theater product.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The rest of the existing cultural centers were restructured, the foundations for preparing their cultural programs were developed, and the government finished preparing a draft legislative instrument to create a higher institute for cinematic arts. The first phase of a plan for decentralized cultural activities has been accomplished in various Syrian governorates, including artistic, cinematic, theatrical demonstrations and book fairs.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture and its affiliated entities - Ministry of Information - Artists Syndicate
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Your country has contributed to or benefited from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) during the last 4 years: 
-
Development cooperation strategies, including South-South cooperation strategies, recognize the strategic role of creativity and diverse cultural expressions: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name(s) of the strategy and year(s) of adoption: 
The cultural component of the tenth five-year plan in Syria included programs encourage and nurture creativity to adopt it in the development process as a basis for demonstrating the Syrian identity, nurturing and developing children's literary, a
Your country manages multi- and/or bilateral technical assistance and capacity building cooperation programmes supporting: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 
-

Goal 4 - Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Gender Equality

Ministries, governmental agencies and/or parliamentary bodies in charge of gender equality: 
Exist and are relevant for artists and cultural professionals
Policies and measures to support the full participation of women in cultural life have been implemented during the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures have been adopted to support the recognition and advancement of women as artists, cultural professionals and/or creative entrepreneurs, (e.g. ensure equal pay for equal work or equal access to funding, coaching or mentoring schemes, anti-discrimination measures, etc.): 
-
Data is regularly collected and disseminated to monitor: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

National strategy for post-crisis culture (anti-discrimination on the basis of sex, and women's empowerment at all levels).

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture - Ministry of Education - Ministry of Higher Education
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Diseño
Medios de comunicación
Música
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Addressing a decrease in the total female enrollment rates in education, according to the planned stages: • In the relief phase: raising the female-to-male ratio from 87% at all educational levels to 90%. • In the recovery phase: raising the female-to-male ratio to 94% at all levels of education. • In the restarting phase: raising the female-to-male ratio to 96% at all levels of education. • In the sustainability phase: raising the female-to-male ratio to 100% at all levels of education.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
National campaigns began by encouraging enrollment in literacy courses (adult education) and back to school, and developing curricula to accommodate discontinued students.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor - Ministry of Information - Ministry of Endowments - Ministry of Administrative Development - Ministry of State for Organizations Affairs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
Syrian Commission for Family and Population Affairs
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Libertad artística

The constitution and/or national regulatory frameworks formally acknowledge: 
The right of artists to create without censorship or intimidation
The right of artists to disseminate and/or perform their artistic works
The right for all citizens to freely enjoy artistic works both in public and in private
The right for all citizens to take part in cultural life without restrictions
Independent bodies are established to receive complaints and/or monitor violations and restrictions to artistic freedom: 
YES
Initiatives to protect artists at risk or in exile have been developed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years (e.g. providing safe houses, guidance and training, etc.): 
-
Measures and initiatives intended to ensure transparent decision-making on government funding/ state grants and awards for artists exist (e.g. through independent committees, etc.): 
-
Social protection measures that take the professional status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. health insurance, retirement schemes, unemployment benefits, etc.): 
-
Economic measures that take the status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. collective agreements, income tax and other regulatory frameworks, etc.): 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Development of the Artists Syndicate Law

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture - Artists Syndicate
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Diseño
Medios de comunicación
Música
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Ensuring greater protection for artists' rights and social advances
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Law about Organizing the Artists Syndicate No. 40 of 2019 was issued
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
The Cabinet - People's Council
Type of entity: 
Public Sector
Name of partner: 
The Film Industry Committee
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Measures and Initiatives reported by Civil Society Organizations

Describe how the CSO form has been used to promote collaboration with CSOs in the preparation of this report, including the distribution of the form and the modalities of collection and analysis of the information received. Please indicate the percentage of measures and initiatives received that have been considered as relevant by the Party and included in the QPR.: 
A copy of the form was transmitted to civil society organizations concerned with its topics (Syrian Trust Foundation for Development - Artists Syndicate - Union of Fine Artists - Arab Writers Union), and a deadline for submitting their reports was established, and the Ministry collected and coordinated answers in the body of this report. -Adopting sovereign standards in measures and policies to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. - Establishing a culture of recognition that all cultures, including those belonging to minorities, are equal in dignity and respect. - Focusing on the cultural aspects of development, as they are no less important than their economic aspects, and motivating individuals to exercise their right to participate in, and enjoy them. -Contributing to the protection, promotion and preservation of cultural diversity is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. -To encourage openness to other cultures in the world.
GOAL 1 - Support sustainable systems of governance for culture: 

Choir singing

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Syrian Trust Foundation for Development
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Música
Las artes escénicas
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Protect, promote and preserve artistic national singing
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Enhance the sustainability of artistic national singing
GOAL 2 - Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals: 

Reading stories

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Syrian Trust Foundation for Development
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Industria editorial
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Introduce the own culture and benefit from other cultures, and encourage openness to them
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Encouraging openness to other world cultures
GOAL 3 - Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks: 

Community building programs

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Syrian Youth Imprint Foundation
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Diseño
Industria editorial
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Providing reports and studies on the cultural and awareness needs of the various segments of Syrian society, and contributing to covering those needs, by conducting workshops and implementing training and capacity-building programs for that.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Promote community cultural capacity building.
GOAL 4 - Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms: 

Youth Initiative to Support Childhood (Planet Genius)

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Youth initiative to support childhood
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Diseño
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Spreading awareness of programming and informatics thinking, and encouraging voluntary youth initiatives as part of human freedom.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Holding activities and events and publishing special publications for this event.
On the basis of the analysis of the responses provided through the CSO form, present up to ten main priorities of CSOs to implement the Convention over the next four years.: 
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Emerging Transversal Issues

Relevant Policies and Measures: 
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Challenges and Achievements

Describe the main results achieved to implement the Convention (at least one major achievement in one of the four goals): 
Achieving in the third goal was the restructuring of the existing cultural centers in all the Syrian governorates according to the standards of infrastructures and actual job programs in each of them, so that access to the preparation of cultural programs was appropriate for each center
Describe the main challenges encountered to implement the Convention and the main solutions found or envisaged to overcome them: 
The most prominent challenges that faced the implementation of the agreement are: the destruction of many governmental and private cultural organizations by terrorist gangs. Plans were made to rebuild the affected ones within the limits of the available financial capabilities after the return of safety to them
Describe the steps planned in the next four years to further implement the Convention and the priority areas identified for future policy action based on the conclusions of the current reporting process: 
Steps are being planned in the coming years Literacy as a remnant of war - Complete the legislative basis to ensure the flow of cultural services, such as the issuance of the Law of the High Institute of Cinema, the Law of Intangible Heritage and the Law of Historical Archives. Implementing the cultural aspects of the tenth five –year government plan

Annexes

Please upload relevant documents (law, policy, agreement, regulation, strategy, etc.), studies and statistics in PDF format related to the implementation of the 4 goals and the 11 areas of monitoring of the Convention in your country. The documents should have been produced during the reporting period covered by this periodic report. Please provide the title and a description of the main content of the document in English or French.: 
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Submission

Designated official signing the report: 
Title: 
Mr.
First name: 
Tawfik
Family name: 
Al Imam
Organization: 
Ministry of Culture
Position: 
Deputy Minister of Culture
Date of submission: 
2020
Electronic Signature: