UNESCO subscribes to the global recognition of the place and power of culture in development and the interconnectedness of culture for promotion of unity in diversity as well as sustainable development. UNESCO has therefore placed pride of place in advocacy for culture and development particularly protecting heritage and fostering creativity. In this context, emphasis has been put on setting of policies and legal frameworks and supporting governments and cultural stakeholders to safeguard heritage, strengthen creative industries and promote cultural pluralism. In this regard, due attention is given to promotion of the ratification, domestication and operationalisation of the eight UNESCO conventions on culture at country level.

To achieve this, UNESCO identified the following strategic objectives and MLAs for the culture programme:

  • Protecting, promoting and transmitting heritage:  MLAs protecting, conserving and promoting and transmitting, culture, heritage and history for dialogue and development
  • Fostering creativity and the diversity of creative expressions MLA: supporting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions, the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, and the development of cultural and creative industries.

The core areas that culture is focused on include creativity and dialogue, world heritage, tangible and intangible heritage, cultural diversity and creative expressions, museums, underwater heritage and movable heritage. The core responsibility of UNATCOM under culture is to promote the central role of culture, heritage and creativity in order to attain peace and sustainable development.

Goal: To support the safeguarding, promotion,development, protection and management of heritage and cultural diversity for peace and sustainable development.

Specific Objectives

  1. To protect and safeguard cultural and natural heritage
  2. To promote and support cultural and creative industries
  3. To promote cultural diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue

Under the culture programme, the achievements include the following:

  • Commissioned a study on the status of the museum sector in Uganda.  
  • Played an oversight role in the reconstruction of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi World Heritage Site.   
  • Participated in some activities of implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Coordinated the implementation of the KoreanFunds-in-Trust (KFIT) project, "Strengthening of the Artistic, Design and Marketing skills of the crafts industry sector project"
  •  Mapped the crafts sector and developeda manual for capacity building in the crafts sector     .   

Ongoing Activity:

  • Continue to oversee the Reconstruction of Kasubi Royal Heritage Tombs
  • Oversee the implementation of the project on inventorying ICH of the Acholi, Alur, Basongora and IK
  • Oversee the implementation of a diagnostic study on the status of the Museum sector
  • Coordinate the development of a strategy on Arts Education
  • Oversee the implementation of the Training of creative cultural practitioners in the various domains of creative industries
  • Coordinate meetings with Traditional cultural institutions on Culture and sustainable development
  • Coordinate the building of capacity of selected districts to mainstream culture in the planning process.


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