Papua New Guinea National Cultural Commission
2. Identify and stimulate the growth and the market of creative industrie
3. Promote nation building through cultural education
4. Improve and strengthen the corporate governance of the Commission
A Brief History Of National Cultural Commission
The National Cultural Commission (NCC) is one of the Government’s Statutory Organizations established by an Act of Parliament in 1994. Its roles, functions and responsibilities were certified on the 27th of October, 1994.
The National Cultural Commission is mandated by the National Cultural Commission Act 1994 to carry out cultural functions and to achieve its corporate objectives. Being one of the oldest institutions of the country, it is established to protect, preserve and promote the cultures and arts of indigenous Papua New Guineans.
National Cultural Commission Guiding Principles
To increase the local people understand of their cultural heritage or of a particular cultural and artistic activity.
Every opportunity and resources must be made available for all Papua New Guineans to participate fully and freely in arts and cultural creation and its benefits.
The policy requires the support of all departments and agencies responsible for the various sectors of development and the participation and involvement of provincial and local level governments and all individuals, NGOs and community based organizations involved in creative cultural and artistic activities including cultural events.
This means that human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property or birth of other status. Non-discrimination protects individuals and groups against the denial and violation of their human rights. To deny human rights on the grounds of cultural distinction is discriminatory. Human rights are intended for everyone in every culture.
Human rights are the birth right of every person. If a state dismisses universal human rights on the basis of cultural relativism, then the rights will be denied to the persons living under that state’s authority. The denial or abuse of human rights is wrong, regardless of the violator’s culture.
- Considering the deep-seated inter-dependence between the intangible cultural heritage and the tangible cultural heritage and natural heritage:
The government considers the importance of the intangible cultural heritage as a mainspring of cultural diversity and a guarantee of sustainable development, as underscored in the UNESCO Recommendation of the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore of 1989, in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001, and in the Istanbul Declaration of 2002 adopted by the Third Round Table of the Ministers of Culture.
The government in line with the UNESCO Convention recognizes that the process of globalization and social transformation, alongside the condition they create for renewed dialogue among communities., also gives rise, as does the phenomenon of intolerance, to grave threats of deterioration, disappearance and destruction of the intangible cultural heritage, in particular owing to a lack of resources for safeguarding such heritage.
The government recognizes that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals, play an important role in the production, safeguarding, maintenance and re-creation of the intangible cultural heritage, thus helping to enrich cultural diversity and human creativity.
Steven Enomb Kilanda
Acting Executive Director
National Cultural Commission