KENYA AT UNESCO
Professor Ongeri pledged the support of Kenya at UNESCO and said that Kenya and UNESCO have cordial relations based on mutual understanding. The Minister thanked the DG for the 68,930 US Dollar grant given to Kenya from UNESCO and Japanese funds-in-trust for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. The grant is for projects which aim at encouraging and preserving traditional food practices in Eastern Pokot and Ishukha. The objective of the project is to help the communities to preserve and transmit their intangible cultural heritage along generations. It is also hoped that the project will help in safeguarding the diversity of flora from extinction, some of which is medicinal and sustain special practices in the communities.
Currently, UNESCO funds another project for the protection of the traditions and practices of the Kayas in the sacred forests of the Mijikenda. The Paris conference was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natioanl Heritage and Culture, Dr. Jacob Ole Miaron and Kenya’s Permanent representative to UNESCO Ambassador Mary Khimulu. Kenya will host the next committee meeting, the first to be held in Africa.
From “Foreign Affairs Bulletin”
October – December 2009