UNESCO’s Culture Programme is firmly anchored in the cultural conventions which provide the principles for cultural policy development and serve as a platform for international cooperation in protecting heritage and fostering creativity for sustainable development. Altogether, they establish a holistic cultural governance system based on human rights and shared values. UNESCO Cairo Office, through its Culture Unit, assists Egypt and Sudan with the promotion and implementation of the UNESCO culture conventions through policy support, capacity building, and partnership development.
Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egypt
Tangible Cultural Heritage
The Culture Programme of the UNESCO Cairo Office supports the capacity building of site managers, government officials, CSOs, and the community for the conservation and management of heritage sites for sustainable development. Capacity building workshops on key topics addressing needs and priorities identified in the periodic reporting of the World Heritage Convention in the Arab States are supported. Strategic assistance and guidance are provided in particular for the World Heritage in Danger sites. Training for the management of underwater cultural heritage is supported to develop a regional capacity building programme in this area.
In the area of museum development, UNESCO Cairo Office manages the two major projects. The first project is the International Campaign for the Nubian Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo which has its origin in the International Campaign for Save the Monuments of Nubia coordinated by UNESCO from 1960 to 1980. The 2nd project is for the Museum of the Islamic Arts in Cairo to support its development as a Centre for Excellence in the conservation of the Islamic Arts in the region.