Culture Strategy at the UNESCO Office in Harare
Through the Culture programme, the UNESCO Office in Harare seeks to promote cultural diversity through facilitating the implementation of the safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In pursuing this goal, activities are aimed at highlighting the role of heritage in achieving sustainable development and social cohesion and intercultural cooperation. In this regards efforts are focused on the protection, safeguarding and promotion of heritage in all its forms - tangible and cultural, cultural and natural, movable and immovable.
The Harare Field Office also prioritises protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions through the implementation of the 2005 Convention and the development of cultural and creative industries. The 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions constitutes a standard-setting instrument in support of cultural diversity as conveyed by cultural activities, goods and services. To this end, the Harare Office continues to engage artistes in efforts to strenghten their capacity in their craft and art and also in raising awareness on other critical issues of concern such as HIV and AIDS.
The programme also contributes to the development of cultural policies for creative industries, including advocating for the policies and legislation to protect intellectual property and combat piracy, which is a growing cause of concern.