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a. Projects corresponding to UNESCO’s priorities

The Chair’s activities are in line with UNESCO’s priorities for the Culture sector (C5 / 2010-2011), namely the protection, safeguarding and managing of tangible and intangible heritage, for they highlight the role of heritage to help achieve concurrently sustainable development and social cohesion. The Chair will foster the protection and conservation of heritage in all its forms – tangible and intangible, cultural and natural, movable and immovable – and strengthen heritage conservation and capacity-building, particularly in Africa, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDC), which are UNESCO’s global priorities, but also in the Mediterranean region where new experiences and knowledge have recently been acquired.

In the context of this UNESCO Chair, which corresponds to a formal education system, communication activities will be launched and developed through appropriate partnerships in order to ensure that intangible heritage, namely its know-how and traditional craftsmanship, is understood, known and appreciated, so that it can be effectively applied to tangible cultural heritage, both movable and immovable. Special focus will be set on young people, and the use of new communication media is foreseen.

The expected results correspond to UNESCO objectives, as the Chair will promote conservation for sustainable development through capacity-building and training activities. Communication and knowledge management tools will also be developed to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage. It is expected that the network of partners working in the area of cultural heritage is expanded in order to achieve an optimal level of cooperation and sharing of good practices among all partners involved.

b. Projects corresponding to the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) for 2008-2013

The Chair meets MTS 2008-2013 in several ways. The programme of the Chair links a Northern country with one of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which is also included in the so-called “Small Island Developing States (SIDS) group”. Beside Cape Verde, other LDCs will cooperate with the Chair, such as Morocco, Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia. Specific target groups of this Chair are youths and marginalized groups living in Cape Verde or other Least Developed Countries (LDCs) involved, as well as other more vulnerable segments of society.

More specifically, this Chair will comply with C5 2008-2013s overarching objective 4 of fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. In fact, the Chair addresses all strategic programme objectives in objective 4, for it strengthens the contribution of culture to sustainable development, raises awareness for the importance of exchange and dialogue among cultures to social cohesion and reconciliation in order to develop a culture of peace, and actively envisages the sustainable protection and enhancement of cultural heritage. In addition, objective 2 will also be pursued, especially as regards education for sustainable development concerns.

The expected outcomes of the Chair's efforts overlap the UNESCO objectives to achieve a coordinated approach to the various dimensions of heritage protection and safeguarding on one side, and their enhancement on the other, based on the awareness of sustainable development goals.

c. Projects corresponding to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The Chair meets the MDGs in several ways:

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. Target 3.A: Eliminate gender disparity in all levels of education no later than 2015. In fact, the Chair will regulate in some way the access of male and female to education: study programmes (Master and PhD Degrees), research trainings, mobility, seminars and workshops, and jobs (i.e. micro-enterprises).

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development. Target 8.F: In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially in information and communications. In fact, the Chair will contribute to networking of target groups from remote or rural areas, as well as communities and actors from two geographical areas, the Mediterranean and Africa.

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