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Ayer, con la presencia de más de quinientos artistas internacionales y nacionales, se inició la Cumbre Mundial de Arte y Cultura para la Paz. Serán siete días de discusiones, conferencias, cine, teatro y música, que incluirá un concierto de Rubén Blades.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova declared that Syrians must unite for the protection of their shared cultural heritage amid a recent escalation in hostilities in Bosra and Idleb.
At a time when the government admits difficulties in the economic scenario, the culture budget has already been cut by the federal, state and municipal administrations.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and French President Francois Hollande sent a strong message of solidarity to the people of Iraq and Syria, and reiterated the urgent need to safeguard cultural heritage of both countries.
In December 2014, Yemens then Minister of Culture Arwa Othman released a press statement in which she referred to Yemens Abyan governorate as being culturally afflicted. The ministers statement was important. She wanted to draw attention to the role of culture in spreading tolerance and compassion in a country that has been wracked by instability and violence since 2011.
I am deeply shocked by footage released today showing the destruction of statues and other artefacts of the Mosul Museum. I condemn this as a deliberate attack against Iraqs millennial history and culture, and as an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred, said the Director GeneralIrina Bokova.