Cultural knowledge is key to the priorities of the Pacific Regional Culture Strategy (PRCS), as it is central to enhancing cultural wellbeing and advancing culture for future generations. The importance of cultural knowledge comes at a time when youth leaders in the Pacific have highlighted their priority to learn more about Pacific ways of knowing and doing, and when there are risks that communities are losing their rights and ability to draw on traditional knowledge for livelihoods, resilience and wellbeing. Protection of cultural knowledge and development of innovative ways for supporting its use across settings and generations will help ensure that culture remains dynamic and flourishing.
Pacific cultural values emphasise the importance of relationships, interdependence and reciprocity. These values guide HRSD’s engagement in establishing and maintaining meaningful partnerships and collaborative efforts towards its vision.
The result we are striving for is:
- Cultural knowledge is protected and dynamic in development policy/programming.
- Regional leadership improves implementation of human rights and social development priorities at a national level.
- Human rights and social development knowledge inform national policies and development programmes.