UNESCO Ramallah supports Palestinian artists, creative talents and communities, cultural and creative industries through the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), ratified by Palestine in 2011. The convention ensures artists, cultural professionals; practitioners and citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services and activities, including their own. UNESCO supports the relevant Palestinian ministries and cultural institutions in the implementation of this convention.
Cultural expressions form a pivotal part of the heritage and identity of a community. It is the main driver of cultural and creative industries, which are one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Cultural expressions proven a viable development option, drawing on a unique and renewable resource; the human creativity.