In a bold move to champion cultural preservation, Nakuru County Governor, H.E Susan Kihika, took the lead in organizing a multi-sectoral inter-country forum. The event, graced by representatives from all 47 counties, served as a platform to inspire local leadership to actively engage in the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and explore its alignment with sustainable development goals.
Chief Officer for Tourism and Culture, Rosemary Kimani, highlighted the significance of the forum in providing a comprehensive analysis of the situation. Stakeholders delved into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) associated with safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. The participatory nature of the discussions aimed to encourage collective responsibility and informed decision-making.
International collaboration was a key highlight, with directors from different countries and representatives from the National Culture Department and UNESCO actively participating. This showcased a shared commitment to the global effort of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and recognizing its universal value.
Discussions extended beyond preservation, emphasizing the integration of intangible cultural heritage with sustainable development goals. The forum acknowledged the pivotal role cultural heritage plays in achieving holistic and sustainable development. By aligning these two aspects, Nakuru County, under Governor Susan Kihika’s leadership, seeks to create a cultural legacy that contributes meaningfully to the broader development agenda. The event exemplified the county’s dedication to fostering a rich cultural tapestry for future generations.