18.02.2018 - UNESCO Office in Doha

UNESCO Director General visits project office in Kuwait City

From left to right: Mechtild Rössler (Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre), Vanessa Kaoukji (Technical Advisor Kuwait project office), Audrey Azoulay (UNESCO Director General), Maria Mertzani (Lead Conservator), Nour Al Qattan (UNDP Project Coordinator) ©UNESCO

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay met the team of the recently established UNESCO project office in Kuwait City. The ongoing project that aims at strengthening policy development and institutional capacities to preserve and promote Kuwait’s cultural heritage will be implemented in partnership with the National Council for Culture, Art and Literature (NCCAL), the Supreme Council for Planing and Delivery, UNDP office in Kuwait, the Kuwait National Museum and Dar Al Athar Al-Islamiyyah (DAI) among other key stakeholders.

UNESCO Office for the GCC and Yemen together with the project team based in Kuwait will be working closely over the coming 18 months with the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature – the national body responsible for cultural heritage – to strengthen Kuwait’s capacity to deliver a dynamic cultural programme, build capacity, engage culture within the national identity, and support the organisation to function within the framework of international policies and conventions on culture.

UNESCO Director General and UNESCO team members also visited the Souq Al-Mubarakiya, one of the oldest souqs in Kuwait that was the center of trade prior to the discovery of oil.

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