By Confidente Reporter
FORMER President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to raise at least N$1 million in support of various World Heritage Sites programmes in Namibia, and the rest of the African continent.
This was announced by Esther Moombola-Goagoses, the chairperson of the National Heritage Council (NHC), during a media briefing on Tuesday on an upcoming business leaders’ breakfast event to be held under the theme, ‘Investing in heritage’. “We are looking at raising N$1 million, but if we get more, we will not say no,” Moombola-Goagoses said. “We encourage our people to come out and support the event to preserve our heritage sites.”
The event will be hosted by the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on 14 September in Windhoek.
The AWHF event is organised jointly with the Namibian government, through the Office of the Former President and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
It is aimed at facilitating the participation of the private sector and renowned business entities in the issues of world natural and cultural heritage protection and promotion. The event will promote a holistic private sector engagement, and raise a sense of ownership, stewardship and accountability for heritage protection, in terms of world heritage sites in Namibia and the rest of Africa. This fundraising event will create an opportunity for private sector companies, entities, consortiums and individuals from Namibia and other countries to make pledges, in order to advance the objectives of the AWHF, of which Pohamba is a patron, The AWHF is an initiative of the African member states of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the African Union (AU), and was launched to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage sites of outstanding universal value in Africa. The Namibian government has supported the operations of the fund for many years, through an agreement that was signed in 2014. “Our government has hosted a number of AWHF activities, including capacity building training courses in heritage management, and the nomination of sites to the prestigious UNESCO world heritage list. This has directly benefited heritage professionals in Namibia. It is important that other African countries and partners must come out to also support the fund’s activities in various ways,” said Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.
Pohamba is currently one of four AWHF patrons. “As identified in the Agenda 2063 of the Africa Union, issues of heritage underpin who we are as Africans and this defines our aspirations and unity as a continent. It is very crucial, as a country and continent, to strengthen our support for the work of the fund, in order to allow it to help address the enormous challenges faced by the heritage places on the continent, and here at home,” Pohamba said.
“A collective investment in the fund, by State parties, as well as private sector, will go a long way towards building good practices for our heritage resources.”
Namibia boasts two sites that areinscribed on the World Heritage Prestige List, which are Namib Sand Sea and Twyfelfontein
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