Culture is more frequently emerging as a essential resource in post-disaster and post-conflict situations. In addition to its contribution to economic development, culture gives meaning and value to the identity and continuity of human societies. Its impact is essential in situations such as the one Haiti has faced since January 2010. For this reason, UNESCO immediately advocated the integration of culture in the reconstruction strategies as a fundamental source of renewal and social cohesion and is mobilizing its energies alongside the Haitian people and its Government.
Haitian authorities have adopted the "Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti", which places a high priority on culture. This constitutes both a national strategy driven by political will and an appeal to international cooperation mechanisms.
UNESCO invites: Member States, institutions, multilateral organizations, development banks, private sector actors and civil society organizations to an event designed to demonstrate the importance of culture as a motor for reconstruction in Haiti. Projects for which funding is been sought will be presented at the conference.
The proposed actions will focus on fifteen projects covering five main sectors: world heritage (cultural and natural), intangible cultural heritage, movable heritage (museums, archives, libraries), cultural industries and cultural policies.
The projects encompass the rehabilitation of the built heritage (the Historic Centre of Jacmel), technical assistance (development planning for museums and cultural institutions), inventorying with a view to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (inventories in Léogâne), activities to revitalize cultural industries for youth and disadvantaged populations, and creating a legal framework to support cultural policies.
The UNESCO courier: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001894/189496e.pdf