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Published On: Fri, Oct 27th, 2017

UNESCO proffers solution to youth, women unemployment

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By Ochiaka Ugwu

Promotion and conservation of cultural heritage, creative industries, and as well as natural heritage are key economic subsectors that generate youth and women employment, the Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Abuja Regional Office, Mr. Ydo Yao has said.
Mr. Yao said this in his welcome address in a One-Day-Stakeholder’s Meeting and Presentation of Evaluation Report on the Project, “Support to the Effective Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nigeria” in Abuja yesterday.
He also noted that incorporating intangible cultural heritage (ICH) into economic and development planning and programming will see to the realization Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.
His words, “Incorporating intangible cultural heritage (ICH) into economic and development planning and programming is crucial to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), because it plays important roles as driver and enabler of sustainable development. This underscores the inclusion of culture for the first time in the 2030 development agenda.
“It is worth noting that the promotion of intangible and tangible cultural heritage, the cultural and creative industries as well as the conservation and the promotion of cultural and natural heritage are powerful economic subsectors that generate employment, especially for the youth and women; therefore, stimulate local, national and international development”.
While stating that the project is important given the fact that is part of UNESCO’s priority to support state parties in protection, conservation, promotion and transmission of culture, he reiterated that UNESCO and its partners have a great role to play in promoting a cultural approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to increase recognition of the importance of safeguarding our living heritage to steer a future geared towards sustainability.
Even as he thanked the Japanese government for funding the project, Ministry of Information for good collaboration, he also commended the trio of Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar for their support and consent to allow their communities participate in the inventory activities.
Speaking also, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke ably represented by Mr. Hideki Sakamoto assured of Japan’s support to both Nigeria and UNESCO for promotion of culture.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was represented by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Deaconess Grace thanked Japan and UNESCO for the project saying that Nigeria got $300, 000 from UNESCO for the project.

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