24.10.2012 -

UNESCO addressed the Fifth European Heritage Days Forum in Nicosia, Cyprus.

© Mario Santana – The site of Paphos was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980. The mosaics of Nea Paphos are extremely rare and rank among the best examples in the world.

On 14-16 October, the Council of Europe and the European Union, with the support of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, organised the last edition of the European Heritage Days Forum, in the presence of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

On the theme, "Communicating Heritage”, Mrs. Marie Paule Roudil, Head of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Union, delivered a message on behalf of the UNESCO Director-General Mrs. Irina Bokova.

“The theme of this Forum, “Communicating Heritage”, is of vital importance. Indeed, communication serves as a catalyst to disseminate our noble mission and our programme objectives to the widest possible audience. We need to call upon all peoples living in Europe to actively take part in the safeguarding and protecting of their sites. We need to stress the idea that cultural diversity and the identity of local communities are treasure troves that can be shared among all individual and communities”, said Mrs. Marie Paule Roudil.

Moreover, Mrs. Roudil highlighted that “UNESCO cherishes its long-standing cooperation with the European Institutions to forge common views and undertake coordinated actions. We are committed to pursuing our work with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other partners in developing common strategies to enhance public activities and outreach programmes in Europe and beyond.”

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