07.12.2011 - ODG

Norway contributes 7.1 million NOK in support to the Center for Restoration of Islamic Manuscripts of the Haram Al Sharif in Jerusalem

© UNESCO/D. BijeljacUNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova and the Norwegian Ambassador to UNESCO, Tore Eriksen, 6 December 2011

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her appreciation to the Kingdom of Norway for its financial contribution of NOK 7.1 million (around US$ 1.2 million) to support the UNESCO project of the Center for Restoration of Islamic Manuscripts of the Haram Al Sharif in Jerusalem. The Director-General noted that “this is a renewed occasion to thank Norway, a strong supporter of UNESCO, of multilateralism and of the United Nations”.

She stressed Norway’s long-standing contribution for the preservation of World Heritage Sites, underlining the link between culture and development and the role of culture in empowering people. She added that “this project attests to UNESCO’s important support to the preservation of many manuscripts which constitute the memory of humanity.”

The Norwegian Ambassador to UNESCO, Tore Eriksen, emphasized the difficult circumstances in which the Palestinians work to protect their cultural and natural heritage and his country’s support in ensuring the sustainability of the Center for Restoration of Islamic Manuscript of the Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem, which is a landmark initiative in this sense.

The project will contribute to the preservation of the Islamic cultural heritage to foster intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. The Ambassador also added that his Government’s policy is geared to supporting the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders.

On behalf of her Government, the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to UNESCO, Dina Kawar, expressed her warm thanks to the Government of Norway for its contribution and informed that the Waqf is looking forward to this new cooperation that would preserve and sustain the Manuscript Center.

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