UNESCO’s mandate and recent activities for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

In January 2002, UNESCO was mandated by the interim Afghan government to coordinate international activities to restore and preserve its cultural heritage, which had suffered from several decades of war. This article describes those activities and UNESCO's role, citing specific examples such as the Bamiyan Valley, Jam, Herat and Kabul. It also gives a summary of international cooperation and funding for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

About the author

Christian Manhart
Program Specialist

The author is program specialist in charge of Asia at UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage.