UNESCO’s role in Culture

Culture as articulated in UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity takes diverse forms across time and space. The diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of groups and societies making up humankind.
UNESCO defines culture as "that whole complex of distinctive, spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features characterizing a society or social group. This definition encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value accepted systems, traditions and beliefs.

The themes dealt with under the Culture sector include: Cultural Diversity, World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Underwater Heritage, Movable heritage and museums, creativity and Dialogue.

The Government of Kenya recognizes that culture provides the ideological and philosophical foundation for national development and is committed not only to protect and promote the country’s National Heritage, but also to promote culture and cultural diversity amongst all peoples of the world.