Strategy - Global Priority Africa

Extracts from Approved Programme and Budget 2014-2017 37 C/5
Major Programme IV

Flagship 5: Harnessing the power of Culture for Sustainable Development and Peace in a context of regional integration

Priority will be given to working with African Member States and regional and subregional partners, universities and networks to promote the contribution of heritage and creativity to peace and sustainable development and regional integration. In this context, UNESCO will enhance its cooperation with the African Union, the subregional organizations and contribute to the achievement of its objectives. Heightened emphasis will be placed on strengthening policies as well as the institutional and professional capacities necessary to ensure the effective protection, safeguarding and promotion of heritage, respect for cultural identities and the development of viable cultural and creative industries as drivers for growth and peace. The implementation of the Plan of Action for the Rehabilitation of the Cultural Heritage and the Safeguarding of the Manuscripts in Mali adopted at UNESCO Headquarters on 18 February 2013 will be a particular focus of the action.

The International Decade for People of African Descent (2013-2022) is an important opportunity to strengthen efforts to combat prejudice, racism and discrimination handed down from history and to foster reconciliation and new ways of living together. UNESCO will promote new perspectives on the history of Africa, the slave trade and slavery, as well as appreciation of the cultural expressions generated by the diaspora communities through the development and dissemination of new educational materials and their broad dissemination through new information technologies.


  • Culture (heritage in all its forms and contemporary creativity) mainstreamed into public development policies.
  • Young people made aware of the values of the heritage and mobilized to protect and safeguard it.

Main actions:

  • Institutional and human capacity-building and cultural-policy frameworks strengthened
  • Teaching tools and curricula developed and disseminated

Expected results

  • Cultural-policy frameworks and strategies in cultural matters developed and/or strengthened in Member States to improve the protection and safeguarding of the heritage and emergence of a more dynamic cultural sector
  • Enhancement, protection and safeguarding of the heritage improved
  • The general public, in particular young people made aware of the values of the heritage and mobilized to protect and safeguard it through formal, non-formal and informal education, the media and ICTs

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