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The Sultanate of Oman

In January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman officially signed the agreement with UNESCO in the amount of 583,566 Euros to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania

The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen national capacities to implement the 1972 World Heritage Convention concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage.

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The overall objective of the programme is to improve representation of the Africa Region on the World Heritage List not only by developing nomination dossiers and enhancing skills of heritage practitioners, but also by strengthening networks, sensitizing actors in the field of cultural and natural heritage, and closer involvement of local communities and stakeholders in order to increase the number of East African World Heritage properties.

This is among the objectives and main actions of Priority Africa. At the same time, the programme will contribute to the implementation of target 11.4 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: “Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage” and Aspiration 5 of the African Union 2063 Agenda: “An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics”.

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