International Forum: “Towards Cultural Rapprochement and Tolerance”

General View of Bamiyan Valley

This international forum is organized to mark the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan.

It is intended as a solemn tribute to this tragic destruction and an occasion to discuss appropriate remedial measures to safeguard the damaged Buddha niches for future generations. It focuses on recognizing shared universal values as well as the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage as a precious legacy and resource handed down from generation to generation for the common enjoyment of all humanity. The activities undertaken by UNESCO over the past ten years are presented with a view to launching a new chapter in the Organization’s action in favor of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.

The forum will then be followed by the 9th Expert Working Group Meeting for the Preservation and Safeguarding of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

The Forum is opened by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture and will be attended by numerous international dignitaries and experts on the preservation of cultural heritage.

Important Member States partners including donors, such as Japan, Italy, Swiss, represented by their ambassadors, as well as Arab countries which provided great support to UNESCO will attend the Ceremony.

Moreover private supports will also mark the event. Dr. Bucherer-Dietschi, Director of the Foundation Biblioteca Afghanistan, Switzerland, will offer an exhibition of 120 photographs on Afghanistan in front of Room X, and Prof. Andrea Bruno, Italy, will provide a small gadget representing the Buddha niches to be distributed to the participants.


Type of Event Category 4- International Congress
Start 02.03.2011 08:00 local time
End 02.03.2011 17:00 local time
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Focal point Han, Junhi
Organizer UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7 Place de Fontenoy
Room Room X
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of Afghanistan to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Estimated number of participants
Official Website Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
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