Kenya National Commission for UNESCO - Service to Kenya and UNESCO

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Heritage at Risk

Heritage at Risk

IN Culture and Heritage, Culture Programme
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Programme Director:
Mr. John Omare
Date:
January 3, 2018
Location:
Kenya
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About the Programme

In an armed conflict or natural disaster situation, heritage is particularly at risk, owing to its inherent vulnerability and tremendous symbolic value. Through the implementation of its mutually reinforcing culture conventions, UNESCO works with the international community to protect culture.
In order to prevent illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural heritage, the Organization acts as a coordinator and catalyst to bolster cooperation and strengthen networking among national and international actors. The losses caused to heritage at times of crisis, can deprive a community of its memory, the physical testimony to its past, but also of a precious resource for social and economic wellbeing. UNESCO seeks to harness the power of heritage as a positive and unifying force that can help prevent conflicts and facilitate peace-building, recovery and reconciliation