Irina Bokova and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Rally for African Heritage

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On 7 October, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, took part in the Partners’ dinner in support of the African World Heritage Fund, with the Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Ambassador of South Africa to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dolana Msimang, in the presence of representatives of many Member States and private donors.

“Africa is the cradle of humanity – its cultural and natural wealth is simply immense,” said the Director-General. “We must make the most of this fabulous potential, by drawing fully on the power of built and intangible heritage, as drivers of sustainable development in view of post-2015 global development agenda.”

“Heritage will be part of the Agenda 2063,” declared the Chairperson of the Africa Union. “Our cultural heritage is our soul -- Africa should never neglect her soul. We must work together to put more heritage sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and to better look after them.” 

Launched in 2006, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an organization with a mission to finance the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. The AWHF was initiated by the African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, with the aim to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention.