Building capacities to protect, promote and transmit heritage

Ancient shipwrecks are fascinating sites for young people
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Cultural Heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for communities disrupted by bewildering change and economic instability. It provides responses to the challenges of the contemporary world, as a vector of dialogue, cooperation and mutual understanding. No development can be sustainable without a strong culture component.

UNESCO promotes heritage in all its forms through its conventions on World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Protecting Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and Combating the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property. 

Partnership with UNESCO will be an opportunity to contribute to:

  • strengthening professional, institutional and legal capacities in the area of heritage and helping integrate cultural policies into national development policies.
  • Youth education and mobilization in the field of heritage and the development of tools for heritage-related conventions through the “Heritage in Young Hands” Programme and “Learning through heritage: enhancing youth engagement”

As the leading UN agency in the heritage field, UNESCO has pioneered a number of capacity building programmes, and education and awareness raising initiatives linked to various dimensions of heritage. These include: 

  • a comprehensive engagement with Member States to create institutional and professional environments for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage; for conserving World Heritage and for fighting the illicit traffic of movable heritage.
  • World Heritage Education Programme
  • Educational materials for children
  • Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage for Educators to Reinforce Education for Sustainable Development
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage Education Programme