POLICY ADVOCACY & PROTECTION

Fiji has numerous means and mechanisms of safeguarding the culture and heritage of its people. As the coordinating arm of government at the national level, the Department of National Heritage, Culture & Arts serves to lead the cultural development of our people through the:

  1. Development and implementation of a National Cultural Policy for Fiji;
  2. Development and implementation of sub-policies, strategies, plans for cultural safeguarding in Fiji;
  3. Development of Legislations to ensure maximum protection and safeguarding;
  4. Facilitation of conventions, treaties and bilateral agreements with foreign governments, international, regional and sub-regional organizations and other institutions to ensure maximum protection of culture and heritage.

Policy, Strategies, Plan Developed

? Department and Agencies Policy
? Department and Agency Strategy
? Department and Agency Plan
? Department and Agency Guidelines

Legislations and Protection Mechanisms
? Acts of Parliament
? Decree
? Gazette

Conventions, Treaties, Bilateral Agreements
? Convention Ratified
? Treaty signed
? Bilateral Agreement

 

POLICIES, STRATEGIES, PLAN DEVELOPED

Policies

A core function of the Department is the development of relevant policies to facilitate its coordination task at the national level:POLICIES

  • Fiji National World Heritage Policy
  • Fiji National Cultural Policy

STRATEGIES

  • Fiji National Framework for the Implementation of the 2003 ICH Convention
  • Fiji Cultural Industries Strategy
  • Fiji Cultural Statistics Framework
  • Regional Culture Strategy
  • Pacific Culture and Education Strategy

GUIDELINES

  • Cultural Grants Guidelines
  • Risk Assessment Guidelines
  • Cultural Enhancement Guidelines
  • Levuka Management Plan
  • Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit

PLANS

  • People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress
  • Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development 2010-2014.
  • Strategic Plan for Fiji Culture Sector
  • Department of National Heritage Annual Corporate Plan:

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

  • Department of National Heritage Business Plan

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

  • Fiji Arts Council Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015
  • National Trust of Fiji Strategic Plan
  • Fiji Museum Strategic Plan
  • Fiji Multi-Cultural Centres Annual Corporate Plan

 

LEGISLATIONS & PROTECTION MECHANISM

Legislations and
Protection Mechanisms

The Department has numerous ways of identifying and protecting important heritage places, cultural practices and spaces. Decisions about managing culture and heritage are carried out under laws at all levels of government. The Minister responsible for Culture and Heritage is responsible for the administering of key national heritage law in the countryACTS OF PARLIAMENT

  • Charitable Trust Act (Fiji Arts Council)
  • Fiji Museum Act (Fiji Museum)
  • Preservation of Objects of Archaeological and Paleontological Interest Act (Fiji Museum)
  • National Trust of Fiji Act (National Trust of Fiji)
  • National Trust of Fiji (Amendment) Act (National Trust of Fiji)

FIJI DECREE

  • Fiji Heritage Decree

FIJI GAZETTE

  • Gazette (Sites)
  • Gazette (Boards/Councils)

CONVENTIONS, TREATIES, BILATERAL AGREEMENTS

Conventions

The Department of National Heritage, Culture & Arts with the Fiji National Commission for UNESCO based at the Ministry of Education spearheads the analysis, critique, consultations and ultimately the ratification of various culture-related conventions or international declarations. These include:

NAME
YEAR OF RATIFICATION
INSTITUTION

1972 Convention on the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage

1990

UNESCO

2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

2010

UNESCO

2005 Convention for the Promotion of Cultural Diversity

Processing

UNESCO

Each of the above conventions have secretariats in place to look after its implementation at the national level.

TREATIES AND DECLARATIONS

Government of Fiji had had also participated in the signing of important treaties and is a party to declarations that affect work in the culture sector:

  • MSG Treaty on the implementation of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Culture Policy and Law
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

BILATERAL AGREEMENTS

The Government of Fiji through the Department of National Heritage, Culture & Arts had had bilateral agreements signed to facilitate cultural cooperation between Fiji and participating countries in the region and at international level.

  • Fiji-SPC Joint Country Strategy
  • Fiji-China Bilateral Cooperation in the area of Culture