Perspectives on the continuation of the support to the Centre for the Restoration of Islamic Manuscripts of the al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem

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On 20 January 2016, UNESCO joined the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, the Administration of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs-Jerusalem and the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority at a multilateral meeting hosted by the Ministry of Awqaf in Amman, Jordan, to discuss the results of the project “Ensuring the sustainability of the Centre for the Restoration of Islamic Manuscripts of the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem”, in addition to the possibility of funding a next phase  of the project.

The meeting was opened by H.E. Dr Hayel Dawood, Minister of Awqaf Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, who expressed his gratitude to the Government of Norway and UNESCO for their support in this significant project, which has contributed to the promotion of the cultural heritage of the Haram al-Sharif, as well as Islamic heritage as a whole, and reaffirmed Awqaf’s commitment to the management and sustainability of the centre.

This statement was followed by the opening remarks and addresses of UNESCO’s Director of the Division for Heritage, Ms Mechtild Rössler, and the Minister Counsellor, Head of Development Co-operation at the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority, Mr Tor Erik Gjerde. During the meeting moderated by H.E. Mr Wasfi Kailani, Executive Director of the Hashemite Fund for the restoration of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, distinguished participants including Mr Khalil Al-Rifaee, Vice Minister of Awqaf in Palestine, Dr Mohammad Safadi, Director of Manuscripts, Islamic Research and Revival of the West Bank of Jerusalem, Mr Abdel Monem Hiari, Secretary General of Awqaf, and Dr Yusuf Natsheh, Director of Tourism and Archaeology of the Awqaf Administration, agreed on actions to successfully bring to a close the current phase of the project, and to propose future actions focusing on increasing the Manuscript Centre’s managerial autonomy and sustainability.

Further information on the project can be found here on the UNESCO website. 

 

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