The International Conference for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage


The conference had aimed at highlighting the importance of culture in and for development and was really the first of its kind to be held in Afghanistan. The conference reinforced the agenda raised recently at the High-level Round table on the MDGs in New York in September, by
underlining culture as a “missing” fourth pillar in development and by demonstrating practical steps that can and should be taken at the local level and within the Afghan context to include culture in a broader development paradigm. The conference also highlighted specific areas of
concern and interest for the culture sector in Afghanistan, from the development of World Heritage sites and tangible heritage, to intangible heritage, the potential of cultural and creative industries, Museums and the pressing issue of the illicit trafficking of Afghanistan’s movable cultural heritage and the looting of archaeological sites. Through the presentations of international and national experts and the discussion which followed, we were able to draw out the crucial role that the culture can and must play in building a shared national identity through a positive intercultural dialogue that promotes sustainable development and a culture of peace. A clear message was sent to the international community that “culture” has been underutilized as a resource in the peace and nation building process in Afghanistan.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • Local
  • National
  • Régional
  • Sous-régional


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Construire un cadre de valeurs communes
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles
  • Favoriser le dialogue au service du développement durable

Principaux partenaires

Ministry of Information & Culture of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

UNESCO, Kabul office

18/11/2010 - 18/11/2010