29.06.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Director-General Irina Bokova discuss Cultural Heritage & Education

During an official visit to UNESCO by Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, highlighted the need to support the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage damaged by conflicts, especially in Yemen.

The Crown Prince concurred and pledged support for country’s recovery plans, notably for the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage, including the three World Heritage sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Both also stressed the importance of renewed initiatives for citizenship education, intercultural dialogue at a time marked by extremism, intolerance and violence. The Director-General emphasized the imperative need to fight youth radicalization through quality education and invited Saudi Arabia to attend UNESCO’s second conference on the Internet and Youth Radicalization, which will take place in Quebec later this year. 

The Director-General expressed appreciation of Saudi Arabia’s support to the Organization, notably the Kingdom’s contribution to strengthening the Organization’s Arabic language capacity and key UNESCO activities She also highlighted the importance of Saudi heritage, to be promoted as a force for dialogue and mutual understanding. Saudi Arabia has four sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, ten sites included on its national Tentative List and considerations are under way to provide more focus on the protection of natural heritage in view of potential nominations and future inscriptions. The meeting between the Deputy Crown Prince and the Director-General was held in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir, Minister of Culture and Information, Abdel Al Toraifi, Minister of Agriculture, Waters and the Environment, Abdurrahman Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadli, the Secretary-General of MiSK Foundation, Bader Al Assaker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to France, Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Ankari, and the Kingdom’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ziad Al-Driss.

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