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In the Maghreb, culture constitutes an immense richness and its safeguarding within the context of globalization constitutes a real challenge. Culture is also an important resource, and can contribute to the economic and social development in the region. The UNESCO Office in Rabat supports Maghreb countries to develop the culture sector in the countries concerned. The Office will concentrate its action on cultural heritage in its broadest sense, the protection of cultural diversity and the promotion of pluralism and the dialogue between cultures and religions. It also aims at reinforcing the networks of professionals and the mobilization of extra budgetary resources.

Cultural heritage
The Maghreb countries are characterized by a rich and diverse cultural heritage. The reinforcement of the normative framework and practical steps to protect this heritage constitute a strategic priority for the UNESCO Office in Rabat.

Intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity
In view of the sociocultural transformations in the Maghreb, it is essential to reinforce the intercultural dialogue and to promote the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Cultural industries and the craft industry
Following successful initiatives in the book industry the UNESCO Office in Rabat aims to assist the crafts industry in the Maghreb and to reinforce the local capacities as well as the partnerships in the Maghreb region.

Cultural tourism
The UNESCO Office in Rabat aims at promoting cultural tourism in the Maghreb in order to contribute to the development of the relation between tourism, cultural heritage and sustainable development.

:: Newsletter Mars06 - Cultural Industries

In today’s globalized world, creative industries are becoming increasingly recognized as potential vectors of sustainable development. At the local level and within the framework of international exchanges, UNESCO endeavours to improve the position of emerging countries by strengthening their creative capacities. Nowadays, publishing, music, film, multimedia and crafts all constitute means of expressions capable of impacting our economies. (More...)

Cultural diversity should become a key lever in policy-making, says UNESCO World Report to be launched on 20 October

As globalization spurs an unprecedented cross-fertilization cultures worldwide, investing in cultural diversity can renew our approaches to sustainable development, ensure the effective exercise of universally recognized human rights and freedoms, and strengthen social cohesion and democratic governance, according to a new UNESCO intersectoral World Report to be launched on 20 October. Monday 19 October 2009

Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2009

Since 1996, the World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated on 23 April, has been a unique opportunity for us to reflect together on new issues relating to the book, viewed concomitantly as an industry, an art, and an essential tool in ensuring quality education for all. Wednesday 22 April 2009

World Heritage Committee keeps Dresden Elbe Valley on UNESCO World Heritage List

Meeting this year in Quebec (Canada) from 2 to 10 July, the World Heritage Committee will consider requests for the inscription of new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Monday 7 July 2008

2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage becoming operational

After two years of intense work by the Intergovernmental Committee, the Operational Directives of the 2003 Convention are ready for consideration by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention when it meets in Paris (16-19 June). Once these Directives are approved by the General Assembly, the 2003 Convention-already ratified by almost 100 Member States-becomes fully operational Wednesday 18 June 2008

World Day for Cultural Diversity

21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and DevelopmentCultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development

The entry into force on 18 March 2007 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions throws a particular light on this year’s celebration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity on 21 May next.

Thursday 8 May 2008


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