Cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage key in achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, DP Ruto says at third Kenya Week in France

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Kenya is keen to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows the de­vel­op­ment of cre­ative economies to pro­mote cul­ture, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said yes­ter­day. He said cul­ture is an im­por­tant as­pect of en­sur­ing the coun­try, and the world, by ex­ten­sion, achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. “We must mo­bilise the power and ben­e­fits of cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage. Cre­ative in­dus­tries can catal­yse trans­for­ma­tion across the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Ruto said. The DP was speak­ing in Paris, France, at the third Kenya Week, which is be­ing held at the Unesco head­quar­ters. Ruto said cul­ture shapes so­cial at­ti­tudes and de­ter­mines the vi­a­bil­ity of poli­cies, pro­grammes and ideas. “Cul­tur­ally aware pol­icy mak­ing is crit­i­cal to suc­cess in quality ed­u­ca­tion, sus­tain­able ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and greater sus­tain­abil­ity. Cul­ture also re­in­forces own­er­ship of de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and ef­fec­tive­ness in their im­ple­men­ta­tion,” the DP said. He said Kenya is keenly pro­mot­ing a strong na­tional own­er­ship of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment. “Our gath­er­ing here is the ul­ti­mate point of ac­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­bra­tions that be­gan at the county level. I am happy to note that some par­tic­i­pants at the na­tional cel­e­bra­tions are here with us, and I am con­fi­dent they will help all of us to dis­cover and re­dis­cover Kenya’s rich cul­tural her­itage through the ex­hi­bi­tion and cul­tural per­for­mances,” Ruto said. He said Kenya recog­nises the role of cul­ture in na­tional sta­bil­ity, pros­per­ity and the build­ing of strong and suc­cess­ful com­mu­ni­ties. “Our Con­sti­tu­tion has clearly en­trenched the cul­tural foun­da­tions of na­tional vi­a­bil­ity in the na­tional in­sti­tu­tional and pol­icy frame­work,” Ruto said.

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Unesco di­rec­tor gen­eral Irina Bokova and DP Wil­liam Ruto join tra­di­tional dancers in a jig in Paris, France, yes­ter­day

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