Culture for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa

Somali dancers promote the country’s cultural diversity and intangible cultural heritage ©Ato

Welcome to the web site of the Culture Sector of UNESCO’s Nairobi Office!

Within the framework of the UNESCO Priority Africa Flagship Programme ‘Harnessing the power of culture for sustainable development and peace in a context of regional integration’, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Union’s Vision 2063, this web site highlights the activities of the Culture Unit of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi.

The actions undertaken by the Nairobi Office benefit, to the greatest extent possible, all of the countries covered by the Regional Office:Comores, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda.

Through UNESCO’s conventions and global recommendations in the field of culture, specific activities are aimed at raising awareness, providing a platform for information sharing and exchange, building capacity through training, and elaborating policies and tools in the following domains:

•          Culture for Sustainable Development

•          Heritage at Risk

•          World Heritage

•          Intangible Cultural Heritage

•          Diversity of Cultural Expressions

•          Museums

•          Underwater Cultural Heritage


The above activities are implemented in partnership with UNESCO National Commissions, national authorities responsible for culture, universities, cultural institutions, cultural experts, cultural practitioners and civil society as well as UNESCO Category II Centres and institutes.


Consult the Culture for 2030 Agenda Flipbook, in English and in French 


Projects: related to the sector

Building Capacity and Raising Awareness for Underwater Cultural Heritage Research in Africa

“Reshaping cultural policies for the promotion of fundamental freedoms and the diversity of cultural expressions”

UNESCO launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting on World Heritage in the Africa Region

UNESCO re-launches Japanese funded project to help remove Kasubi Tombs from the List of World Heritage in Danger