Participation in the 21st conference of ''Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Arab World''

The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage representeted by its cultural heritage programme Specialist Dr. Kamal Bitar in the 21st conference of archaeology and cultural heritage in the Arab world, which was assembled by the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO) in the Kuwait. This year conference theme was on “Archaeology in the Arab world and its current dangers.”

The conference was opened with a speech by His Excellency Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Chairman of the National Council for Culture and Arts followed by a speech by Dr. Abdullah Hamad almuharb Director-General of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO), and then HE Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazala Assistant Secretary-General Head of the information and communication sector and a representative of His Excellency the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, followed by Dr. Anna Paolini, director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Office in Doha, a speech was also made by Dr. Saud Al Hilal Al Harbi from the Islamic organization for Education, Science and Culture ISESCO.

Dr. Kamal Bitar concluded the opening session speech in which he conveyed the greetings of Her Excellency Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, chairperson of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Dr. Bitar disscused the need to confront the current circumstances that are facing the area and the dangers that are facing cultural heritage in the region, He also stressed on the importance of joint cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the protection of Heritage and Culture.

Also in his speech, Dr. Bitar praised the close cooperation between the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage in Bahrain and the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science ALECSO in many areas, through a number of joint activities, which culminated in the signing of a joint cooperation agreement between the Regional Centre and ALECSO in March 2016, which will be activated through a series of joint ventures over the next year.

 

It is also noteworthy that Dr. Kamal Bitar submitted in the second day of the conference a presentation on the dangers and challenges facing cultural heritage in the Arab region. The presentation aimed to showcase the damages and potential threat to several World Heritage sites in Syria. 

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