Pacific Heritage Hub Side Event on Culture and Development: Heritage and Creativity for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
During the SIDS Conference (Apia, 1 – 4 September 2014), Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) will organise, in cooperation with UNESCO, a Side Event on Culture and Development of SIDS on 3 September 2014.
The objective of this Side Event is to highlight the socio-economic contributions of heritage and creativity, two important pillars of the culture sector, to the sustainable development of SIDS based on relevant paragraphs of the SAMOA Pathway Draft Outcome Document as follows;
Ocean and Seas
58. With this in mind we strongly support action to:
j) Consider, if they have not done so, becoming parties to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater cultural heritage.
Culture and Sports
80. We recognize that SIDS possess a wealth of culture, which is a driver and an enabler for sustainable development. In particular, indigenous and traditional knowledge and cultural expression, which underscores the deep connections among people, culture, knowledge and the natural environment, can meaningfully advance sustainable development and social cohesion.
81. In this regard, we strongly support SIDS’ efforts to:
a) Promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation in the cultural field in line with applicable international conventions, in particular UNESCO conventions.
b) Leverage and build on the joint work by WIPO and UNESCO.
c) Develop and strengthen, national and regional cultural activities and infrastructures, including through the network of World Heritage sites, which reinforce local capacities, promote awareness in SIDS, enhance tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including local and indigenous knowledge, and involve local people for the benefit of present and future generations.
d) Develop cultural and creative industries, including tourism, that capitalize on the rich heritage of SIDS and have a role to play in sustainable and inclusive growth.
e) Develop domestic mechanisms to conserve, promote, protect and preserve the natural, tangible and intangible cultural heritage practices and traditional knowledge of SIDS.
PHH was established in February 2013 at the University of the South Pacific (USP) at the request of UNESCO Member States in the Pacific. PHH is a regional facility by and for the Pacific people. The main areas of its activities are knowledge management, capacity building and partnership development for the heritage management in the Pacific.