Culture is key to sustainable development - Dr Namwandi

27 Nov 2013 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Education Minister Dr David Namwandi says sustainable development cannot take place in the country if it is not grounded within the cultural values of the people and their national languages.
He made this remark in the capital on Wednesday during the official opening of a one-day Annual General Assembly of the Namibia National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Namwandi said Namibia recognises and values the current efforts of the international community in advocating that culture should include creative industries which are at the centre of sustainable development in the preparations for a post-2015 global development agenda.
“UNESCO is advocating that culture should be recognised as a tool and an enabler of poverty eradication, as well as a tool for sustainable development. This advocacy should find realisation in the post-2015 global development agenda, to be approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations,” he stated.
Namwandi pointed out that it is important to recognise and appreciate one of the achievements of Namibia at global level in 2013 in the cultural sector, which was the inscription of the Namib Sand Sea in June 2013 as the second World Heritage Site on the UNESCO World Heritage list, after the inscription of Twyfelfontein in 2007.
According to the Ministry of Education, the main function of the Annual General Assembly of the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO is to report on the activities of the National Commission during the reporting period, including financial matters.
The Annual General Assembly furthermore serves as a platform for reflection and debate on topics which are of relevance to the work of UNESCO at the global and national levels.
The meeting was attended by members of the executive and programme committees of the National Commission.