19.04.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Haiti – Making Culture a Motor for Reconstruction


On 12 January 2010, a severe earthquake hit Haiti. In the aftermath of this devastating natural disaster, UNESCO has paid particular attention to the country’s cultural sector which has important impacts on economic development and also gives meaning and value to identity and the continuity of human societies.


The brochure “Haiti – Making Culture a Motor for Reconstruction” presents the programmes for action proposed by UNESCO from the cultural angle. They are based on the recommendations of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding of the Haitian Cultural Heritage (ICC) and its technical sub-groups, which were set up by the Organization’s Executive Board in April 2010. The programmes were then developed further in close coordination with national partners in Haiti.

Factsheet present the various projects, which include “Collecting the memory of Haiti in its archives” or “Revitalizing the historic centre of Jacmel”, to name only two examples.


For more information on UNESCO's work in Haiti, please visit the dedicated "Mobilizing for Haiti"-page on the UNESCO web site.

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