As the only UN agency specifically mandated with the responsibility for promoting creativity and safeguarding the world’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, UNESCO has a unique role to play in the rapidly-changing countries of South Asia.

UNESCO’s continuous commitment for Culture and Development since the 1980s has led the international community to move from the concept of “Culture as a factor for Development” to “Culture as the conditions for Sustainable Development.” The development of Cultural Industries has shown how artistic creativity contributes to economic growth. The significance acquired by the intangible components of cultural heritage and the recognition of both traditional skills and community-based know-how offer alternative options for local communities to improve their livelihood.

UNESCO Office in New Delhi's culture programme focuses on empowering decision-makers and communities to make efforts in preserving and enhancing sustainability of the rich and diverse culture in the South Asia region. In a time of unprecedented economic and social change, UNESCO's mandate is to ensure that its diverse histories, cultures and habitats are not only preserved, but are tapped and filled with renewed relevance for the future generations.

As a Cluster office for South Asia, our office shares experience and expertise for the sustainable socio-economic and cultural development, primarily in four countries, including: Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka, and also works closely with the country offices in Bangladesh and Nepal.



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