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.
Living Cultural Resource Center Inaugurated
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
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.