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01.12.2016 - ODG

Director-General in Abu Dhabi to participate in the Conference for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas

From 2 to 3 December 2016, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking a visit to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), on the occasion of the International Conference for the “Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas”, organized at the initiative of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the President of France Francois Hollande. This Conference will be held under the patronage of UNESCO.

The Director-General will take part in the opening and high-level closing ceremony of the conference, which will bring together leaders and high level representatives from over 40 countries, as well as representatives from international organizations. The Director-General will seize the opportunity to give an overview of UNESCO’s action worldwide to protect cultural heritage under attack. She will also underline the Organization’s recent achievements in Mali and other countries, as well as the importance of coordinating joint action for the safeguarding of heritage, bringing together all partners far outside the ‘culture box’.

UNESCO adopted in 2015 a global strategy for the protection of culture and pluralism in situation of armed conflict, and created an Emergency Fund for the financing of prevention and rehabilitation programmes across the globe. The Abu Dhabi Conference aims to formalize the creation of a new Fund for the protection of Heritage, and further strengthen the political momentum to support Member States in situation of armed conflicts.

While in Abu Dhabi, the Director-General is expected to hold several bilateral meetings including with the Minister of Culture and Knowledge, HE Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of State for Happiness, HE Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the Speaker of the Federal National Council, HE Dr Amal Al Qubeissi, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak.

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