The idea of annual "cultural capitals" grew out of a 1982 United Nations conference whose delegates agreed that a broad definition of "development" must include a cultural dimension. It is culture, they concurred, more overtly than economics, that aspires to nurture the good of humankind. In 1986, the United Nations General Assembly declared 1988 to 1997 as the World Decade for Cultural Development and designated UNESCO as the lead body.
more than 1000 projects undertaken by the UN's member countries was the
Regional Cultural Capitals Program, which started in
The World Decade for Cultural Development was extended
with the Regional Cultural Capitals Project by the Executive Board of UNESCO
during its 144th session in
aimed at the Latin American and
The Arab region followed the example and designated Regional Cultural Capitals since 1996.
Arab Capital of Culture in Wikipedia.
Stamp catalogue - 1997