01.06.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Heads of States from South-East Europe to discuss heritage, dialogue and development in the Old City of Mostar

UNESCO and the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina are organizing the tenth annual Regional Summit of the Heads of States of South East Europe, which will take place in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 2 and 3 June 2012.

            Entitled “Religious, Cultural and Historical Heritage as a Foundation for More Intensive Cooperation among States,” the summit is scheduled to conclude with the adoption of the Mostar Declaration on the importance of pursuing dialogue and cooperation among the countries of the region to ensure development, prosperity and peace.

            The Declaration emphasizes the importance of heritage conservation and reaffirms the role of culture in reinforcing sustainable development and mutual understanding.

            The Summit will be opened by Bakir Izetbegović, the Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. It will be attended by Heads of States and senior representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, as well as the European Commission and the Council of Europe. A Declaration will be adopted at the end of the Summit.

            This Summit is taking place in the Historic City of Mostar, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005, and now recognized as a rallying symbol of intercommunity dialogue. Participants will visit to the Biennale of Contemporary Arts in Konjic, and to heritage sites of cultural and religious interest to all communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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