Thematic Areas of Action

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa strives to advance the promotion of peace and human development in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


© UNESCO / Maggie Mzumara

The Education sector seeks to improve access, quality and equity of education towards the achievement of Education for All.

Natural Sciences


The Natural Science Programme particularly works to promote sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources.


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Cultural resources are a thriving category contributing to sustainable development in the nine countries covered by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) and our national offices in Maputo and Windhoek.

Through the Culture programme, UNESCO ROSA seeks to promote cultural diversity by fostering and facilitating the safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition, the Culture programme advocates for the recognition of the role of Culture in development at global, regional and national levels.

In pursuing this goal, activities are aimed at highlighting the role of heritage in achieving sustainable development and social cohesion as well as intercultural cooperation.  Therefore, efforts are focused on the identification, protection, safeguarding and promotion of heritage in all its forms - tangible and intangible, cultural and natural, movable and immovable as well as stimulating all the aspects of cultural and creative industries.

UNESCO ROSA Culture programme’s strategy aims at working with our partner-countries in:

Ø  Identifying, protecting and conserving cultural and natural heritage through the effective implementation of the 1972 Convention;

Ø  Enhancing the protection of cultural property and fighting against its illicit traffic through the effective implementation of the 1954, 1970 and 2001 Conventions;

Ø  Safeguard the intangible cultural heritage through the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention;

Ø  Sustaining and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions through the effective implementation of the 2005 Convention;


Ø  Promoting intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and a culture of peace and non- violence.

Communication & Information

Maggie Mzumara on mission to Headquarters to develop the Harare Field Office website.

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The Communication and Information sector works at promoting the free flow of ideas by word and image as well seeking to promote freedom of expression.

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