Director-General in Florence for the Meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the G7 Countries
On 30 and 31 of March, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is in Florence, Italy, for the Meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Members of the G7 Countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States), held under the theme “Culture as a Tool for Dialogue among Peoples”.
Held in the wake of the historic adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2347/2017 on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the event of Armed Conflict, this meeting is an opportunity to reiterate that defending culture is inseparable from the protection of human lives.
Dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage, and the prevention of illicit trafficking, this meeting also aims at bringing to the global attention the power of culture as a driver for integration, peace building and sustainable development.
The G7 meeting will also showcase the campaign #Unite4Heritage, UNESCO’s a global movement that aims to celebrate and safeguard cultural heritage and diversity around the world. The Director-General first launched #Unite4Heritage campaign in 2015 in Baghdad, in response to the unprecedented attacks on heritage. UNESCO and Italy then launched the “Task Force Unite4heritage” to intervene in emergency situations to secure cultural heritage and counter illegal trafficking. Created as a movement to protect and safeguard heritage under threat, the initiative has turned into a global call to reclaim the importance of heritage as a platform to promote mutual understanding and as a tool to fight violent extremism.
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