Culture

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Culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways. Heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for communities and creativity contributes to building open, inclusive, knowledge societies.

The UNESCO Amman office provides technical assistance to the authorities in safeguarding tangible cultural heritage and protecting sites inscribed on the World Heritage List through actions leading to their improved management and conservation in line with the World Heritage Convention. As part of this approach, UNESCO has been implementing disaster risk reduction strategies for the protection of the 'Siq' of Petra and working collaboratively with the Department of Antiquities and the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority for the development of an integrated management plan for the World Heritage Site of Petra.

UNESCO is supporting disadvantaged rural women in Jordan to improve their livelihoods through an innovative formula that combines the promotion of cultural industries like natural dyes and traditional handicraft production with the creation of job opportunities, through a lens of gender equality. In line with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and in collaboration with Jordan’s Ministry of Culture, local authorities have been supported to enhance the safeguarding of cultural heritage, raising awareness in local communities and training the relevant stakeholders in collection and archival techniques. In line with the framework of the "Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural property”, the UNESCO Amman office and the Department of Antiquities have joined forces to address the illicit trafficking of cultural items.

To learn more about UNESCO’s Culture work in Jordan, click here.

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