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Within the framework of her participation in the activities of the Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs in the Arab World, which was hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, December 07, 2022 in the capital, Riyadh, the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Hayat Al-Qarmazi, met with her counterpart, the Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, and this meeting dealt with a number of axes aimed at enhancing joint cooperation in the cultural and creative fields and introducing a number of projects to be implemented in the future. In particular, they discussed the project to establish the International Center for Old Calligraphy "Iqraa", the Tunisian-Saudi Fund for Cinematic Film Production, Exchange of Experiences and Training, and the Regional Center for Underwater Heritage in Mahdia.
UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Rabat from 28 November to 3 December, inscribed 47 elements submitted by 60 countries on the Intangible Cultural Heritage lists.
The importance of investing in the rich historical joint between Tunisia and Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of heritage, digital cultural economy, cultural and creative industries, cinema, music and other artistic and creative forms, and the implementation of model projects in 2023, these are the most prominent themes raised during the meeting of the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Hayat Katat Al-Qarmazi on Monday, November 28, 2022, with His Excellency the Ambassador of Turkey, Mr. Caglar Fihri Şakylarb, and in the presence of a number of officials at the Ministry.
On the occasion of the 10th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) on 27 October 2022, held online and in Vientiane, Lao PDR, the ASEAN Member states reaffirmed their commitment to safeguard Southeast Asia’s shared heritage, combat the illicit trade in cultural property, and build a responsible art market, all pursuant to ASEAN’s broader goal of maintaining and enhancing peace, security, and stability in the region. The full statement is now available for download.
The Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) released a new Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Culture and Climate Resilient Development. Hosted on the UCLG Learning platform known as #LearningWithUCLG, the MOOC explores the fundamental role of Culture in Climate Resilient Development, and focuses on the perspective of local and regional governments, as well as cultural actors and institutions from all continents. The MOOC is open to anyone interested in learning on the relation between culture, local public policies and climate resilient development. It is free of charge, available in English, and it includes a completion certificate.
Composed of 24 representatives elected from among the 180 States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and chaired this year by the Kingdom of Morocco, the Committee will examine 56 applications for inscription. The Committee will also examine a request for international financial assistance submitted by Malawi and a series of reports on the status of previously inscribed elements.