Within the UN system, UNESCO has a unique mandate and expertise to promote culture as a force for peace and sustainable development. UNESCO’s Culture Sector, also known as Major Programme IV – MP IV, works to demonstrate the pivotal role of cultural heritage and creativity as a means of achieving sustainable development and peace. It does this through a global platform for international cooperation and dialogue based on the implementation of the Organization’s Conventions, Recommendations, Declarations and Intergovernmental Programmes, which seeks to engage States in dialogue and cooperation at the international levels as a means of facilitating inclusive governance, sharing knowledge and best practices at the policy level.
This cooperation platform is conducive to leveraging the contribution of cultural and natural resources to sustainable development through the promotion, protection and safeguarding of heritage– with particular emphasis on immovable heritage (1972 and 1954 Conventions), moveable cultural property (1954 and 1970), underwater cultural heritage (2001) and intangible cultural heritage (2003). UNESCO works to strengthen national capacities to better conserve, safeguard, manage and promote heritage at the professional and institutional levels and within communities. It also promotes the educational potential of heritage and history, in particular by strengthening traditional knowledge and integrating knowledge of heritage and history into formal and non-formal education.
In the field of creativity, UNESCO works to support policies and regulatory frameworks to create and strengthen national and local specialized institutions, and provide expertise to promote, protect and transmit cultural resources for social and economic development, derived from the internationally agreed principles contained in the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Click here for more information.