About the field of Culture (CLT)

Culture constitutes one of the key areas of UNESCO’s action. In fact, culture contributes to the Organization’s missions including: peace-building, intercultural dialogue and the preservation of the cultural heritage of UNESCO’s 193 member states.
Francesco Bandarin (Italy), Assistant Director-General for Culture, is at the head of this department within UNESCO.

Direct link to CLT sector: here

Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue
Cultural diversity is a priority of UNESCO. Multiculturalism and multilingualism are two principal characteristics of the United Nations’ system and particularly of UNESCO.
According to the Organization, “Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only in respect of economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.”
Moreover, UNESCO estimates that new information and communication technologies (NTICs) constitute an essential tool in the promotion of dialogue between civilizations and the culture of peace and democracy. In fact, we cannot preserve the “common humanity heritage” without establishing dialogue based on peace between states.

Direct link to cultural diversity : here
Direct link to dialogue between cultures : here

World Heritage
UNESCO has the mandate to preserve monuments and sites representing the wealth of the world’s heritage and contributing to social cohesion, a fundamental principle of sustainable development. As a matter of fact, UNESCO acts and coordinates actions of its partners by administering the World Heritage Convention (1972).
Madagascar rejoined the World Heritage Convention (Ratification in 1983). In this respect, the country « recognizes that the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage referred to in Articles 1 and 2 and situated on its territory, belongs primarily to that State. It will do all it can to this end, to the utmost of its own resources and, where appropriate, with any international assistance and co-operation, in particular, financial, artistic, scientific and technical, which it may be able to obtain. » (article 4)
Madagascar has been a member of the World Heritage Committee from 2005 and 2009.

Direct link to the World Heritage website : here

Intangible Cultural Heritage
Madagascar is a state party to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ratification in 2006). In this matter, the country is committed to preserve its “intangible cultural heritage” (definition cf. article 2) present on its territory by using different measures: inventories, general policy on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, education, awareness-raising, capacity building, communities’ participation, etc.
Under specific conditions, a member state can submit a request for international assistance to the Intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of a heritage inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural heritage and in need of urgent safeguarding. This assistance can take multiple forms: financial and technical assistance, the provision of experts, the training of the all necessary staff, the elaboration of normative measures, etc. (article 21)
Since 2010, Madagascar is a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage ( For 4 years mandate- 2010 - 2014)

Link to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) : here
List of State parties to the 2003 Convention : here
Intangible Heritage List : here
Direct link to the Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage : here

International Mother Language Day : 21 février 2011
21.02.2011 17:00 - 21.02.2011 17:00 local time, France
Meeting of the international scientific Committee for the UNESCO project : The road to slavery
28.02.2011 09:00 - 03.03.2011 19:00 local time, Colombie
The technical and judicial issues of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Central America and Mexico
01.03.2011 09:00 - 30.03.2011 19:00 local time, Mexique
Closing ceremony 2010, International Year for the rapprochement of cultures
11.03.2011 09:00 - 11.03.2011 18:00 local time
Third Biennial Conference of the Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN)
13.03.2011 09:00 - 16.03.2011 18:00 local time, Inde
UNESCO celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Convetion agaisnt illicit traffic of cultural property
15.03.2011 10:00 - 16.03.2011 18:30 local time, France
Third session of the meeting of State parties to the 2001 Convention for the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage
13.04.2011 11:00 - 15.04.2011 19:00 local time, France
World Book and Copyright Day – April 23rd
23.04.2011 10:00 - 23.04.2011 19:00 local time, France
Second UNESCO World Forum on culture and cultural industries- The book tomorrow: the future of writing
06.06.2011 09:30 - 08.06.2011 14:30 local time, Italie
3e Conference of parties to the Convention on the protection and promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions
14.06.2011 11:00 - 17.06.2011 19:00 local time, France
35th Session World Heritage Committee
19.06.2011 17:00 - 29.06.2011 17:00 local time, Bahreïn
18th session of the General Assembly of states parties to the Convention on the protection of the World’s cultural and natural Heritage
01.10.2011 10:00 - 30.11.2011 16:00 local time, France

In charge at REPERMAD
contact : a.andriamampianina@madagascar-unesco.com

40, rue du Général Foy - 75008 PARIS

© Copyright "REPERMAD/UNESCO" 2010, tous droits réservés