UNESCO, ICRC sign agreement to protect cultural heritage

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GENEVA, Mar. 01 (MNA) – Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, signed an agreement on Monday to protect cultural heritage in armed conflict cases.

Under the agreement, the two organizations will implement joint projects to improve the protection of heritage in those scenarios, according to a press release.

Bokova extoled the role of the ICRC as a key ally of UNESCO in emergency situations in which is crucial to protect the cultural heritage, the carrier of the people's identity, dignity and resilience.

This agreement is a testimony of the increasing awareness worldwide about the fact that the protection of heritage is not only a cultural emergency, but also a humanitarian imperative, she stressed.

Bokova expressed confidence that the agreement will offer chances to improve the capacity to get field information in difficult to access areas.

The signing of this agreement is part of the strategy to reinforce the actions of UNESCO in the protection of culture and the promotion of pluralism, adopted in November, 2015 by the General Conference, added the note.






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