Kabul Photo Biennale “The Afghanistan we are proud of” | Architectural details from Herat, Timurid architect ©Amir M Mohammadi


The Culture Unit of the UNESCO Office in Kabul works in cooperation with the Afghan authorities to safeguard and promote the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, cultural diversity and human rights in Afghanistan. UNESCO’s activities in Afghanistan re-affirm UNESCO’s mission as stated in the Preamble to its Constitution that aims to promote peace through the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind. To this end, UNESCO continues to assist the Afghan authorities in implementing UNESCO’s Cultural Conventions to which Afghanistan is a State Party and also in delivering projects to safeguard Afghanistan’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage and to promote public awareness amongst the Afghan people of the value of preserving culture heritage for future generations. UNESCO also seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue by raising awareness on Afghanistan’s cultural and natural heritage in its contribution to world history, art and science.


UNESCO Conventions in Afghanistan

Recognizing the importance of normative action to safeguard culture in all its forms and address issues of poverty, peace and security and social cohesion, Afghanistan has endeavoured to take the necessary measures to reinforce its legal framework and is now State Party to the following conventions:

-  Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Hague, 14 May 1954 (since 2017)

-  Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, Paris, 14 November 1970 (since 2005)

-  Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Paris, 16 November 1972 (since 1979)

-  UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, Rome, 24 June 1995 (since 2005)

-  Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Paris, 17 October 2003 (since 2009)

-  Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Paris, 20 October 2005 (since 2009)