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African World Heritage Day, May 5th 2021

African World Heritage Day, May 5th 2021

“Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.

Since the proclamation of African World Heritage Day in 2015 by the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, every 5 May, African cultural and natural, tangible and intangible heritage is celebrated across the globe, raising awareness of the benefits of its promotion and preservation, as well as the related challenges the continent faces.

In the face of climate change, armed conflict and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, among other challenges, African countries must ensure that their remarkable heritage is able to adapt and thrive in today's environment. In this light, the African Union (AU) declared the Year 2021 as the “AU Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.

To celebrate this day, UNESCO in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and their partners, will organise a series of events across the continent that will highlight the resilience, opportunities, and wealth to be gained from African heritage, as well as explore solutions to the challenges facing the continent.

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