UNESCO's global priorities are Africa and Gender Equality. As such, UNESCO and development partners are attentive to 54 African countries with a stronger and better-targeted strategy. The African Renaissance is underway, with the adoption of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development paving the ground for the African Economic Community. To this end, regional communities are consolidating ties.
HOW DOES AFRICA ENVISION COVID-19 AND ITS AFTERMATH?
As a laboratory for ideas and for capacity building, UNESCO aims to contribute to an understanding of the sociocultural dimensions of the COVID-19 health crisis and of its impact on the future of African societies.
This meeting, organized by the Sectors for Priority Africa and External Relations and for Social and Human Sciences, brings together intellectuals and figures in African social and cultural life for an exchange on two central questions:
- COVID-19 in Africa: the major stakes and challenges
- Avenues for reflection for a post-COVID-19 world
UNESCO PRIORITY AFRICA RESPONSE TO COVID-19
UNESCO's Global Response to COVID-19
UNESCO celebrates Africa Day 2020
COMMITTED TO PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
The spirit of UNESCO’s Culture of Peace network in Africa aims to heal the social wounds of wars by cross-conflict participation in local activities. The Youth and Peace Culture in Africa Network partners with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative led by Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation.
UNESCO’s core belief is that lasting peace and sustainable development have their roots in people’s own capacities and skills, in people’s own dignity and rights. It's about harnessing this impetus by strengthening Africa’s assets of which heritage is a source of vibrant creativity. The richness of the continent's heritage urges to safeguard it for future generations; while Africa is underrepresented on the World Heritage List with only 12% of all inscribed sites worldwide, nearly half of these properties are on the World Heritage List in Danger.
UNESCO's DESIGNATIONS IN AFRICA
DOCUMENT OF REFERENCE
Priority Africa at Unesco, An operational strategy for its implementation 2014-2021
Executive Summary : SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON AFRICA (UNESCO RESPONSES)