UNESCO will present its actions for safeguarding Mali’s cultural heritage and endangered manuscripts in an exhibition booth at the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC-HAS) in Geneva, 15 to 17 July 2013.
UNESCO will showcase activities carried out on the ground notably through an information kit, including the results of UNESCO’s Director-General visit to Bamako and Timbuktu together with French President François Hollande (February 2013); the final report of the International Experts Meeting on the Safeguarding of Mali’s Cultural Heritage (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, February 2013); the UNESCO Action Plan for safeguarding Mali’s cultural heritage elaborated with a group of technical partner organizations and adopted by the Malian Government; as well as the “Heritage Passport” for Mali and an illustrated map with geographical coordinates of the cultural properties, libraries and museums in the northern region, which were prepared by UNESCO in collaboration with the National Directorate of Cultural Heritage in Mali (NDCH) and the International Centre for Earthen Architecture (CRAterre), to inform the armed forces, NGOs, the international community and local communities about the importance of safeguarding Mali’s heritage sites. A video of the recent UNESCO damage assessment mission dispatched to Bamako and Timbuktu from 28 May to 8 June 2013will also be on display.
UNESCO’s participation in this exhibition is one of the many ways UNESCO is working with the international community to raise awareness about the impact of conflict on cultural heritage in Mali, and to mobilize funds for its rehabilitation and safeguarding.
For more information on UNESCO’s Actions in Mali
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