UNESCO Director-General expresses concern about the situation in Mali
In reaction to recent events in Northern Mali, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expresses her deep concern about the possible consequences of the ongoing armed conflict on the invaluable cultural World Heritage property located in Timbuktu and Gao. The recent takeover of these cities by the Tuareg rebels could have damaging effects on the management and conservation of the three mosques and 16 mausoleums of Timbuktu, as well as the Tomb of Askia in Gao.
The Director General calls on all belligerents to ensure the protection of these heritage treasures, to which the international community and UNESCO attach great importance, as expressed by their inscription on the World Heritage List.
World Heritage Properties
- UNESCO has developed cultural heritage maps and a “Heritage Passport” to help protect Mali’s cultural heritage Monday, February 4, 2013
- UNESCO determined to help Mali restore and rebuild its cultural heritage Wednesday, January 30, 2013
- The Director-General of UNESCO urges military forces to protect cultural sites in Mali during air raids and ground interventions Monday, January 14, 2013
- Creation of a Special Fund for the Safeguarding of Mali’s World Heritage sites Wednesday, July 25, 2012
- UNESCO Director-General of UNESCO calls for a halt to destruction of cultural heritage site in Timbuktu Saturday, June 30, 2012
- Heritage sites in northern Mali placed on List of World Heritage in Danger Thursday, June 28, 2012
- Government of Mali and UNESCO move to protect Timbuktu and other heritage sites in the north of Mali Thursday, May 24, 2012
- Pilgrims killed in stampede at Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu Friday, February 26, 2010
- World Heritage Committee requests close surveillance of Bordeaux, Machu Picchu, Timbuktu and Samarkand Thursday, July 10, 2008
- Climate Change and World Heritage: Expert Meeting Mar 16, 2006 - Mar 17, 2006