Protecting heritage in times of conflicts and Preventing Violent Extremism through Education at the heart of Director-General’s visit to the United States
From 4 to 7 April, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova is undertaking a visit to the United States to take part in a panel discussion on the theme “Preservation of Art and Culture in times of war: New frontiers in the protection of Cultural Heritage” held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) in Philadelphia. The event is organized by the UPenn Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law. Dr. Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Museum’s Penn Center for Cultural Heritage, will moderate the panel discussion.
Held after the recent 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. In this context, the Director-General and the other panelists will explore how preservation efforts must change in response to the challenges of the 21st century.
The Director-General will also give a lecture at Salisbury University in Maryland on “Preventing Violent Extremism in the 21st century: fostering a new generation of global citizens”. The event is organized by Mark Brennan, Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development, at Pennsylvania State University and Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University.
While in the United States, the Director-General is also expected to hold bilateral meetings in Washington and in New York.
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