15.09.2010 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Artefacts highlight 3000 years history of Ghazni—the capital of Islamic Civilization in 2013

Today, UNESCO and the Afghan Ministry of Communication and Culture inaugurated, in preparation of the 2013 milestone event in Ghazni, a choice of artefacts relating to that area, being part of the rich collections kept at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul.

Ghazni has been chosen by ISESCO, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to be the Asian capital of Islamic civilization for the year 2013.

Mr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen, the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, stressed on the importance of preserving the Afghan cultural heritage and thanked UNESCO for supporting the Ministry on this endeavour.

“UNESCO is supporting ISESCO and the MoIC to make the historic year of 2013 a success for Afghanistan in the midst of challenges posed by insecurity and a lack of resources” said Mr. Brendan Cassar, Culture Programme Specialist for UNESCO Kabul.

Ghazni has always been a stronghold, and sometimes a kingmaker in Central and South Asia. It is strategically located between the Persian plateau and the Indus river valley at an elevation of 2200 meters above sea level. In this area, civilizations have extended over a time span of more than 30 centuries, with memories and evidence of multiple cultures intermingling and coexisting through the ages.

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