Supporting Culture and Cultural Heritage in Palestine lies in the core mandate of UNESCO. Our programmes, projects and activities promote cultural heritage protection, management and promotion and emphasizes the role of culture in sustainable development.

The mission of the Culture Unit is to provide technical assistance to Palestinian institutions and professionals in the safeguarding of cultural heritage, in both its tangible and intangible components, and in developing cultural and creative industries.

UNESCO’s action in the field of tangible heritage deals with the protection, preservation and management of Palestinian cultural resources, notably archaeological sites, historic buildings, towns and cultural landscapes.

The development of museums and the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural properties aims at preserving Palestinian identity and values. This is complemented by UNESCO’s support intangible heritage and to creative industries, which serve to transfer knowledge and tradition into the future Palestinian generations.

After admission of Palestine as a member of UNESCO on 31 October 2011, and the subsequent ratification of six culture-related international conventions and two protocols in heritage protection, the work of UNESCO Ramallah Office in the field of culture is aligning to the effective implementation of these conventions.

The Culture Unit has a responsive planning approach that builds along a systematic feedback process focusing on technical assistance for capacity-building, policy-making, pilot activities, the establishment of partnerships and implementation and dissemination of best practices. An important precondition for the sustainable and credible UNESCO action in Palestine remains the perception of UNESCO’s role as an honest and trusted broker, which leads to the consent of the different stakeholders to work together. Our action involves governmental and non-governmental organizations, local communities, private sector, as well as the civil society.

World Heritage Sites in Palestine