10.12.2012 - UNESCO Venice Office

Moldovan Agency for Inspection and Restoration of Monuments heading to the inauguration of its new seat

©Vladimir0719 – Monastery "Naşterea Domnului" in Orhei, Republic of Moldova

A three-fold purpose for the official visit of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), to the Republic of Moldova: the official inauguration of the new headquarters of the national Agency for Inspection and Restoration of Monuments, established with the support of UNESCO and of the Italian Government; consultations with high officials and ministerial representatives in the country on future cooperation with UNESCO; and, the participation in a workshop on e-Infrastructures within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Platform.

The development of institutional and professional capacities to ensure the effective safeguarding of cultural heritage, in compliance with relevant European and international standards, represents one of the main challenges identified by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova for the achievement of its mission, and one of its priorities for international cooperation.

In accordance with this underlying objective, a project was launched in 2010 in cooperation with the UNESCO Venice Office and with the generous contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Cooperazione Italiana, to enhance the capacities of the recently-established Agency for the Inspection and Restoration of Monuments, and to support its operational activities.

Interventions included in particular the support to: the works for the restoration of the historical building identified as new seat of the Agency, and the rehabilitation of the premises as office spaces; the capacity-building of the Agency’s staff, by means of specific training activities defined and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry; and, actions to be drawn on the experiences and good practices from other Member States in South East Europe, in order to reinforce regional co-operation.

The official ceremony inaugurating the new headquarters of the Agency for Inspection and Restoration of Monuments of the Ministry of Culture will take place on 12 December in the presence of Ion Stefanita, Secretary-General of the Agency, and UNESCO representatives, Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office, and Matteo Rosati, Programme Officer of the Venice Office Culture Unit.

The visit paid to the Republic of Moldova will be the occasion for UNESCO representatives to consult with Boris Focşa, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Moldova, Gheorghe POSTICĂ, Deputy Minister of Culture, Gheorghe Rusnac, Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO, and Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in the country. On the agenda, meetings are also scheduled with Chiril Lucinschi, President of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Education, Research, Youth, Sports and Mass Media, as well as with members of the National Commission for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the National Archaeological Commission; and the ICOMOS national committee.

Furthermore, Yolanda Valle-Neff will represent UNESCO at the “Eastern Partnership Event: workshop on e-Infrastructures in Eastern Partnership Countries”, organized in Chisinau from 10-12 December 2012 by the GN3 Development Support Activity and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova, under the auspices of the European Union's Eastern Partnership Platform 4. The event aims to improve e-Infrastructures in the partner countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine by providing an opportunity for stakeholders to meet with policy makers in order to raise awareness of the importance of computer networks and services.

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