Aspects of Culture
Crucial to Development
including language,religion, education, family practices,decision-making systems, and institu-tional processes.
Practices and processes ofinhabitation rooted in localknowledge,
accumulated over time,including practices, knowledge andtechnology of farming, nutrition,health, childbirth, building materials,natural resource use, and environmentalmanagement.
related tocultural forms and local practices whoseskills and knowledge may be passed onfrom generation to generation
Distinctive cultural forms
andartistic expressions including buildingsand architecture, literature, art, dance,music, crafts, storytelling, and films.
that celebrate culturalpluralism and dialogue while promot-ing human rights, equality for all indi-viduals and groups including genderequality, and democracy.
Dissemination of knowledge
that fosters creativity, innovation,and the intellectual development ofindividuals and groups while discardingharmful practices contrary to globalethics.
Nurturing and safeguarding
ofthe distinctive cultural forms as well asthe processes of their production.
Culture is precisely themedium through whichindividuals express their ability to fulfil themselves and istherefore an integral partof development.
Investing in Cultural Diversityand Intercultural DialogueUNESCO,2009
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