06.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Culture in the post-2015 development agenda: The voice of Africa

Four African ministers of culture will participate in the high-level meeting organized on 5 May 2014 by the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The four Ministers who carry the voice of Africa are:

  • the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania H.E. Ms. Vatma Vall Mint Soueina,
  • the Minister of Culture of Mali, HE Ms. Diallo Ramatoulaye N'Diaye,
  • the Minister of Culture of the Cabo Verde Republic, H.E Mr Mario Lucio Sousa and
  • the Minister for Culture and the Francophonie of the Côte d' Ivoire, HE Maurice Kouakou Bandama. 

This week’s meeting is the second debate at the General Assembly on culture and development in the post-2015 agenda. This initiative marks a pivotal strategic step in UNESCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts to put culture on the post-2015 development agenda.

Today, it’s difficult to talk about development without considering culture. Stakeholders and decision-makers from around the world recognize the direct link between culture and the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental, as outlined in the recent draft resolution to the General Assembly. They also see culture as both an enabler and driver of sustainable development

A complex subject

Culture is a complex subject, but a number of projects worldwide, including in Africa show that development through cultural interventions make sense. A UNESCO publication showcases the lessons learned of 18 programmes implemented worldwide under the theme Culture and Development and financed through the Millennium Development Fund (MDG-F) by the Government of Spain.

The issue of the interdependence between culture and development was also discussed at a roundtable organized by the Regional Office of UNESCO Dakar on 19 February 2014. Cultural stakeholders and entrepreneurs, as well as technical and financial partners exchanged on the culture and development in the context of the post-2015 agenda.

Francisco D’Almeida, from the NGO Culture and Development a longstanding UNESCO partner in the region shares his views and evokes his work in Burkina Faso.


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