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04.07.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Missa Johnouchi performed at the opening ceremony of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee

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On 24 June, Missa Johnouchi, UNESCO Artist for Peace, performed with the Bahrain Music Band at the opening of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, in which the Committee examined 29 nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List and the state of conservation of 157 sites already inscribed on the List.

The opening ceremony was held at the Bahrain National Theater in the presence of eminent personalities, including the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the President of the Bahraini Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the Chair of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, Sheikha Haya Bint Rashed Al-Khalifa and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas.

"Our heritage is our wealth [...] Our heritage is also our identity, and it is essential that everyone can appropriate this heritage, recognize themselves with a history, places, arts, traditions”, said UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, in her opening speech.

Ms Azoulay highlighted the need to protect and value heritage exposed to numerous threats such as climate change and armed conflict, recalling the UNESCO flagship initiative "Revive the Spirit of Mosul".

Missa Johnouchi was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in August 2006, in recognition of her role in promoting, preserving and safeguarding cultural, material and immaterial heritage.




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