Regional Perspectives | Africa
A Final Declaration was adopted at the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace from 27 to 30 November 2021. The Alliance of Partners for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in Africa, a mechanism developed to be the main tool for building multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral partnership, was also launched. This Alliance will support the scaling up of successful flagship initiatives at the local or sub-regional level in Africa.
The Continental Experts’ Workshop on the Restitution of Cultural Property and Heritage was held at the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal from 30 November to 2nd December. Organized by the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Government of Senegal and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. The key objective of the workshop was to develop a strong Common African Position Paper on the Restitution of Cultural Property and Heritage and to produce a Framework for Action on the Negotiations for the Return/Restitution of Illicitly Trafficked Cultural Property from the Continent. The Draft Common African Position Paper on the Restitution of Cultural Property and Heritage, once finalized, will be presented to the AU policy organs for endorsement and dissemination in the AU Member States.
With a view to support research and documentation of traditional knowledge systems, UNESCO has published East African case studies on living heritage and climate change featuring seven case studies carried-out in 2021 as part of communities’ intangible cultural heritage, linked to biodiversity conservation, climate change and disaster risk reduction based on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme.