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Culture and Development

Culture and Development

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United Nations about the importance of culture for development
United Nations about the importance of culture for development

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Culture
 for 
 Development
The power of 
 
C
ulture is
Culture, in all its dimensions, is a fundamental component of sustainable development. As a sector of activity, through tangible and intangible heritage, creative industriesand various forms of artistic expressions, culture is a powerful contributor to economicdevelopment, social stability and environmental protection. As a repository of knowledge, meanings and values that permeate all aspects of ourlives, culture also defines the way human beings live and interact both at local and  global scales.
 A source of identity, innovation, and creativity. A set of distinctive spiritual and material,
intellectual andemotional features of a society or a social group.
 A complex web of meanings,
relationships, beliefs, and values thatframes people’s relationship to the world.
 Acquired 
through the process of cultivation and improvement of the individual,especially by means of education.
 An evolving dynamic force
relevant to all societies, local or global.
 Influenced by and in turn influences
world-views andexpressive forms.
 Located in a time and a place.
While culture in the abstract is a setof mental constructs, it is rooted in a place at a moment in history and is always local.
 A renewable resource
if it is carefully nurtured for it to grow and flower.When neglected, it is easily lost or destroyed.
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Aspects of Culture
Crucial to Development
Social practices
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.
Traditional livelihoods
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.
Global ethics
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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