30.11.2016 - ODG

Protecting cultural and natural heritage at the heart of Director-General’s visit to the United Kingdom

From 30 November to 1 December 2016, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking a visit to the United Kingdom where she will give the 2016 MacCormick European Lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on “Cultural Cleansing – the Imperative of Protecting Cultural Heritage and Diversity”.

The Director-General will examine the unprecedented increase of attacks against cultural heritage and diversity in conflicts today, including industrial-scale looting of cultural goods and archaeological sites – as well as direct attacks against humanity’s shared heritage. She will review the importance of responding to such attacks, at the international, regional and national levels, to protect cultural heritage and diversity, to respond to war crimes, to halt the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, which fuels further terrorism, and to prevent youth radicalisation through education for global citizenship. The event will be chaired by the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

In London, the Director-General will take part in an event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International on the conservation of natural heritage and biodiversity. The event will take place in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, President Emeritus of WWF International, Ms Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International, and Dr Marco Lambertini, Director-General of WWF International.

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