19.04.2017 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Preserving and promoting Kuwait's cultural heritage


UNESCO, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL), the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and UNDP signed a project agreement on 19 April 2017 in Kuwait City for the “Preservation and Promotion of Kuwait’s Cultural Heritage” aimed at supporting the burgeoning culture and arts sector in the country.

UNESCO and partners will support the Government’s endeavors to preserve and promote their cultural heritage through technical assistance aimed at strengthening cultural policy, institutions, management and planning in partnership with UNDP, NCCAL and in the museum sector in particular.

As part of the project, a range of cultural events, workshops, conferences and exhibitions will be organized within the framework of the project over the coming two years.

UNESCO Representative to the GCC and Yemen, Anna Paolini, commented on the signature of the agreement with H.E. Dr. Khaled Mahdi, Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development in Kuwait by stressing that "this is an exciting new initiative between UNESCO and Kuwait which will bolster Kuwait's ambitions to both preserve their rich cultural heritage and to further develop sustainable tourism in the country".

The project is designed to support Kuwaiti government aspirations and strategies including in the areas of policy development and capacity-building for the development of handicrafts and creative industries.

The project's overall aims are to:

  • establish a clear framework for the development of culture by creating the bases for strong cultural institutions;
  • operate with respect to international standards to extend services to the public and deliver a rich cultural agenda and programs; and,
  • establish effective platforms that encourage creativity and productivity in the cultural field.

The project for the “Preservation and Promotion of Kuwait’s Cultural Heritage" supports the implementation of Kuwait’s National Development Plan (KNDP 2015-2020) and will also contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 4 target 7 which seeks to "ensure that all learners are provided with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development" by 2030.

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