24.10.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

The musée du quai Branly to share best practices with UNESCO’s museum network

© musée du quai Branly, photo Lois Lammerhuber. Le jardin du musée conçu par le paysagiste Gilles Clément a été réalisé grâce au mécénat de la Fondation d'entreprise GDF SUEZ.

The musée du quai Branly in Paris, France has agreed for the Sustainable Development Report it published earlier this year to be shared by UNESCO’s network of museums.

The report is written in English and French and highlights strategic and very practical ways in which museums can contribute to sustainable development.

On 8 February this year, the museum signed the Sustainable Development Charter for public establishments and enterprises. The Charter aims to implement international and national sustainable development strategies within the framework of Article 6 of the Environment Charter, as incorporated in the French Constitution on 28 February 2005.

The museum’s Report on Sustainable Development points to ways in which museums can use eco-friendly procedures to safeguard cultural artefacts and transmit heritage. It also cites ways in which museums can ensure energy efficiency, manage water usage and waste disposal, and cut back on the use of paper. Here is a clear example of how science can contribute to the safeguarding and promotion of culture. This kind of innovative approach is in keeping with UNESCO’s desire for every organization and citizen to play an active role in promoting sustainable development.

The musée du quai Branly gives importance to the Arts and Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, its pieces illustrate many cultural, religious and historical influences. It may be viewed as a place of scientific and artistic dialogue, a crossroads of exchanges between various stakeholders.

Read the report (5 MB)

Read more about UNESCO's work with museums

For additional information on the report, please contact:

Ms Nao Hayashi-Denis
Programme Specialiste for Europe, Asia and the Pacific
UNESCO Museums Section


Ms Nicole Webley
Assistant Programme Specialist
Division of Science Policy and Capacity building

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