Sustainable development cannot be achieved without the world of culture. Integrating cultural diversity into development projects encourages human centred approaches, mutual respect and social inclusion.
In fostering the role culture plays in development, UNESCO Abuja Office works with stakeholders at the local, national and international levels to promote:
- the importance of safeguarding tangible cultural heritage e.g. sites and monuments;
- the preservation of intangible cultural heritage e.g. oral traditions, indigenous knowledge, performing arts, as well as safeguarding underwater cultural heritage;
- interreligious, interethnic and intercultural dialogue;
- creativity through support for the development of cultural and creative industries and;
- the preservation of museums.
Major Activities from 2010 - 2013
- Safeguarding the Ifa Divination System
- Upgrading of Cultural Industries
- Revision of the Heritage Conservation Master Plans of the two World Heritage Sites in Nigeria
- Promoting a Culture of Peace in Nigeria Through Intercultural Dialogue and Education
- Organization of a Regional Meeting on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage
- Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
- Safeguarding Nigeria’s Tangible Cultural Heritage
- Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Nigeria through an integrated approach