Culture

Culture Sector mainly focused on the need to effectively protect, develop and promote culture and cultural heritages as a resource for development as well as building institutional and human capacity aiming at strengthening the CLT sector contribution to sustainable economic development.  The present cooperation focuses more on sustainable tourism development and support the community, particularly women and youth to benefit from the sector as an alternative means of livelihood.

Reactive Monitoring Mission to Aksum

In accordance to a decision made by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) at its 36th session in St. Petersburg in 2012, a high level reactive monitoring mission led by Ms. Alissandra Cummins, World Heritage Expert and Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board, Mr. Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Chief of Africa Unit, World Heritage Centre and Mr. Karel Bakker, World Heritage Expert,ICOMOS, took place from 21 to 26 January in Aksum and Lalibela. The experts came to Ethiopia to evaluate the development impact on the World Heritage Site(WHS) of Aksum and the conservation issues related to the site. The team also visited the UNESCO WHS conservation project in Lalibela. The aim of the mission was to evaluate the progress made by the relevant national and local Ethiopian authorities in the implementation of the decisions made by the WHC at is previous three sessions. Practical recommendations and measures to further improve the conservation and management of the properties will follow the mission and will also be presented to the Government of Ethiopia and WHC.

A Visit to a Living Cultural Resource Center

Culture and communications representatives of UNESCO and UNDP visited the construction site of the future Living Cultural Resource Center in the town of Bishoftu early December. The delegation saw that the project’s construction of the Center is well underway and it was in fact successfully finished in January 2013.The responsible coordinator Mr. Daniel Deressa welcomed the visiting group and presented the current status of the future Living Cultural Resource Center which should soon become operational.The Center will serve as a meeting point and handicraft/creative art place for local citizens.The Living Cultural Center in Bishoftu is one of the four centers created in Ethiopia as a part of the Harnessing Diversity for Sustainable Development and Social Change project. The goal of this project, which was finalized in December 2012,was to mobilize the culture sector and utilize culture to alleviate poverty and enhance social cohesion,and promote sustainable development in Ethiopia. A final closing event for this project should take place in coming weeks in Addis Ababa with presence of high level representatives as well as project beneficiaries.

Final evaluation of the “Harnessing Diversity for Sustainable Development and Social Change” Project in Ethiopia

Harnessing Diversity for Sustainable Development and Social Change (HDSDSC) Joint Program was signed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia, and the Ministry of Culture andTourism as an implementing partner. The Joint Program team was comprised of UNESCO and UNDP,with UNESCO as the lead agency and also the sole UN agency responsible for culture, and UNDP, as the lead UN agency for the MDGs.“The final evaluation of the HDSCSC Joint Program proved that it played a significant role in addressing various socio-economic issues in Ethiopia,mainly of the disadvantaged groups such as women and youth,” says Kassahun Abate,UNESCO Liaison Office Program Coordinator.The program was targeted to contribute to the goal of alleviating poverty and hunger (MDG 1),improve gender equality and women empowerment(MDG3) and ensure sustainable natural resource management (MDG7) through harnessing the potential of the cultural as well as the natural diversity of Ethiopia for economic and social development.The HDSCSC program, which was implemented at the federal and six regional states of Ethiopia from July 2009 to December 2012, empowered beneficiaries through provision of skill training, securing production equipment, revolving fund and production and market places. It was also successful in responding to an emerging concern of inter-religious conflict.

“The Contribution of Culture for Development: A Challenge to Today’s Ethiopia”

Within the framework of promoting the role of culture for development at a national level, a two day conference held on May 25-26 was organized in the Debre Zeit town in collaboration with the Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures(AELC) which is part of the Addis Ababa University. The conference was organized under a theme, “The Contribution of Culture for development:A Challenge of Today’s Ethiopia”.The workshop was attended by almost 60 relevant stakeholders from the federal and regional government organizations,private enterprises and academics.The conference opened by Mr. Workneh Aklilu, Advisor and representing the State Minister of MoCT, Mr. Mulugeta Seid and Mr. Firmin Matoko, Representative and Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa. Both speakers spoke about the importance of contribution of culture for development. Mr. Matoko particularly stressed the efforts of UNESCO to include culture in the post 2015 MDG Agenda.The workshop recommended: the revision of the current cultural policy in a way that it addresses the cultural/creative industries with focus on women and youth, the enhancement of cultural statistics under the leadership of MoCT, the making of an inventory to know exactly what the country has a cultural resource, which can also be used for social cohesion and economic benefits.

“The Contribution of Culture for Development: A Challenge to Today’s Ethiopia”

Within the framework of promoting the role of culture for development at a national level, a two day conference held on May 25-26 was organized in the Debre Zeit town in collaboration with the Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures(AELC) which is part of the Addis Ababa University. The conference was organized under a theme, “The Contribution of Culture for development:A Challenge of Today’s Ethiopia”.The workshop was attended by almost 60 relevant stakeholders from the federal and regional government organizations,private enterprises and academics.The conference opened by Mr. Workneh Aklilu, Advisor and representing the State Minister of MoCT, Mr. Mulugeta Seid and Mr. Firmin Matoko, Representative and Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa. Both speakers spoke about the importance of contribution of culture for development. Mr. Matoko particularly stressed the efforts of UNESCO to include culture in the post 2015 MDG Agenda.The workshop recommended: the revision of the current cultural policy in a way that it addresses the cultural/creative industries with focus on women and youth, the enhancement of cultural statistics under the leadership of MoCT, the making of an inventory to know exactly what the country has a cultural resource, which can also be used for social cohesion and economic benefits.

Living Cultural Resource Center Inaugurated

© UNESCO/Mr Kassahun Abate a new Living Cultural Resource Centre was inaugurated on November 22 in the town of Konso located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State

 

In Konso, 22 November 2012in within the framework of the MDG:F Culture and Development for HDSDSC project a new Living Cultural Resource Centre was inaugurated on November 22 in the town of Konso located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNP) of Ethiopia.

       The inauguration was attended by the State Minister of Culture, H.E. Dawood Mohammed and Mr. Zerihun Zewde, Culture and Tourism Bureau Head of SNNP as well as UNESCO and UNDP cultural specialists and other stakeholders.

  The Cultural Centre of Konso, which shares the compound with the Konso Museum, consists of three rooms in which training of handicraft already started focusing currently on weaving and pottery.

  Within this project another three Living Cultural Resource Centres will be inaugurated in different Ethiopian regions next month.

 

Fundraising Conference for Simien National Park World Heritage Property in Danger

© UNESCO The Conference Participants

           The donors conference for the Simien Mountains National Park was held November 30 in Addis Ababa in the presence of the State Ministers of Agriculture and of Culture and Tourism.

           The objective was to implement the decisions of the World Heritage Committee, to undertake necessary measures in order to rehabilitate the site and bring out of the World Heritage in Danger List.

  The conference was a success as most of the expected representatives from international donor agencies, Embassies, UNDP, Ethiopians in Diaspora, Ethiopian celebrities, etc. participated and showed their commitment to provide the necessary technical and financial support for the site rehabilitation.

 

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