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Cultural Identity
"Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits." (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Paris 1948, art. 27)
Cultural IdentityThe right to take part in cultural life is respectful of cultural diversity and serves as a protection against social exclusion. Culture must be understood broadly to mean the shared way of living of a group of people, including their accumulated knowledge and understandings, skills and values, and which is perceived by them to be unique and meaningful. States have a responsibility to take all necessary measures to prevent the poor and other marginalized groups from being socially excluded and to enable them to participate in the social, cultural and political life of their respective communities.

In education, cultural identity should be considered also: The quality of education should be directed to the development of the child’s personality, talents and abilities to their fullest potential, and to preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society, in a spirit of tolerance and respect for human rights, the natural environment, the child’s parents and cultural identity, and civilizations different from his or her own. School discipline shall/should be administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity.

Worldmap - regional implementationRegional Implementation
This right is addressed by our projects in the following regions:
  • Africa - 1 project
  • Arab States - 1 project
  • Asia and the Pacific - 5 projects
  • Latin America and the Caribbean - 4 projects
  • Europe and North America - 1 project

Field Projects

 Cultural and ecotourism in the mountainous regions of Central and South Asia
Poverty eradication through sustainable tourism development in Central Asia and the Himalayas

 Forging innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the Aral Sea Basin
Contributing to poverty eradication through innovative approaches in an ecological disaster area

 Handicraft as a socio-economic and cultural development factor
Fighting poverty by developping handicraft in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and Latin America

 Indigenous building technologies in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Developing and promoting indigenous building technologies to promote poverty eradication in Central Asia and Afghanistan

 Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a global society - LINKS -
Combatting poverty and promoting sustainable environments by enhancing local and indigenous knowledge in a global society

 Non-formal education and environmental management for indigenous communities in Indonesia
Poverty eradication by supporting indigenous communities in Indonesia through non-formal education and environmental management

 Small-scale mining and sustainable development in Latin America
Economic and social development to improving the lives of artisan and small-scale mining communities in the fragile ecosystems of Latin America

 Strategy for the sustainable development of tourism in the Sahara
Fighting against poverty through sustainable development of tourism in the Sahara

 Youth development and poverty reduction through sustainable community tourism in the Caribbean - YouthPATH -
Involving youth in community tourism, cultural and natural heritage preservation for poverty eradication in the Carribean (YouthPATH)

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