Priority Africa: Culture

A man making a woodcrafting Knowledge of the Zafimaniry. ©J. Ségur/ZED

In the field of culture, special assistance is provided to the continent to enhance the implementation of the various UNESCO Conventions, notably the 1972 World Heritage Convention, 2003 Intangible Heritage Convention and 2005 Cultural Diversity Convention. Emphasis is placed on a selected number of sub-regional priority areas with a view to increasing impact and visibility.

Particular attention is paid to the promotion of languages and multilingualism. In the field of cultural and creative industries, policy advice and capacity-building are strengthened to foster the emergence of local, viable markets and to enhance access to international networks, notably in the museum, music, craft and textile industry sectors. As regards intercultural dialogue and social cohesion, renewed efforts will be deployed to respond to the needs of the continent so as to keep alive its collective memory as regards the colonial past and the independence movement through the revitalization of the Slave Route project and the pursuit of the African Liberation Heritage programme.

A specific strategy is also envisaged for post-conflict countries in Africa, addressing, in particular, the question of illicit trafficking and looting of cultural property, the rehabilitation of destroyed natural and cultural sites and the promotion of dialogue for reconciliation and peace. Efforts are also being directed towards strengthening the sociocultural approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care by the local communities, notably in the framework of United Nations joint programmes as well as through museum education and community outreach programmes.

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