29.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

E-publication on Culture and Development in South-East Europe

Book cover: Knowledge Management for Culture and Development: South-East Europe

The regional e-publication “Knowledge Management for Culture and Development: South-East Europe” concerns the MDG-F Culture and Development Joint Programmes implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey and gathers information and data on the impact and main achievements of these 3 Joint Programmes, on national ownership, the beneficiaries they have touched, their operational challenges, and their success stories. The foreword is jointly written by Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, and Helen Clark, UNDP’s Administrator.

Over the past 10 years, SEE countries have clearly put culture high on the agenda of regional cooperation, emphasizing that culture can achieve several international goals including development, reconciliation, tolerance, harmony and understanding.

Since 2003, summits of Heads of States have been organized regularly, under the auspices of UNESCO and the Council of Europe, adopting commitments on issues such as interreligious and inter-ethnic dialogue as a feature of social cohesion and stability, the management of cultural heritage and its promotion for tourism as powerful tools for socio-economic development of the region, and the need to promote cultural diversity as a prerequisite for national development. These high-level meetings demonstrate the political will of the region to continue the pursuit of a peaceful and non-violent coexistence, sustainable economic development, collaboration and cooperation in the field of culture with its tangible impact on development, and ultimately on genuine prosperity to be enjoyed by all peoples within this culturally rich region.

The MDG-F Joint Programmes implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey are therefore embodied in this line building on cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue to strengthen social cohesion, peace and development.

Download the publication: http://www.unesco.org/culture/mdgf/pdf/South-east-europe/

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