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Culture in Southern Africa

"Culture... is ... the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. It includes not only arts and letters, but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, value systems, traditions and beliefs." World Conference on Cultural Policies, Mexico City, 06 August 1982

UNESCO’s priorities in the field of culture are protecting and promoting heritage and cultural expressions & advocating for the inclusion of culture and intercultural dialogue in development policies to foster a culture of peace and non violence.

UNESCO Office Windhoek translates these priorities in the activities aimed at:

1. Protecting and conserving cultural and natural heritage through the effective implementation of the 1972 Convention;

2. Enhancing the protection of cultural property and fighting against its illicit traffic through the effective implementation of the 1954, 1970 and 2001 Conventions;

3. Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage through the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention;

4. Sustaining and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions through the effective implementation of the 2005 Convention;

5. Promoting the role of culture in development at global, regional and national levels;

6. Promoting intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and a culture of peace and non violence.

Southern Africa


logo_E.jpg25 Mar 2015 Moving SADC forward by combating the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural and Natural Heritage in Southern Africa
The launch event of SADCHA (Heritage Association) was officiated by the Hon. Minister Vincent Seretse of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mr. Jimmy Opelo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism of Botswana.
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19 Mar 2014 ICH Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe
Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 convention for the safeguarding of ICH
The first workshop is taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 18 to 20 March 2014. More

13 Oct 2012 Periodic update on MDGF "Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Namibia"

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