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Amid alarming reports about bombing of the World Heritage Site of the Old City of Sanaa, UNESCOs Director-General calls on all parties to protect Yemens unique cultural heritage.
The Somali government believes that reviving the country's culture can help tackle radicalization among its youth, a view shared by the European Union. "We are called a nation of poets," Somali Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Mohammed Abdi Hayir told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a cultural event organized by the EU's delegation to Somalia.
Rome-based International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) has joined forces with the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission of Unesco and 11 other organisations to create an elite team of professionals who can quickly assess damage and work with communities to protect their heritage.
Aparte de las lamentables perdidas de vidas humanas, el desastre natural también se ha llevado la belleza de joyas de la historia.
UN culture chief Irina Bokova urged the Security Council to task peacekeepers with protecting cultural sites and to help prosecute those who destroy historical treasures.
As we are receiving more information from the ground, I am deeply aggrieved by the magnitude of human loss caused by the earthquake in Nepal. I am also shocked by its devastating impact on the unique cultural heritage in the country, in particular extensive and irreversible damage at the World Heritage site of Kathmandu Valley, declared Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO.