HM King’s interest in preserving int’l heritage stressed
(Abu Dhabi) – On behalf of HM the King, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, participated in the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi in the presence of 40 leaders from around the world.
During this UNESCO-sponsored conference, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and French President Francois Hollande launched a joint initiative to establish an international partnership aimed to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts.
HH Shaikh Nasser stressed that the Kingdom of Bahrain under the leadership of HM King Hamad has paid tremendous attention to preserve and protect international heritage as it represents a historical symbol of human civilisation. HH applauded the joint initiative of France and UAE, which has been launched in response to the growing threats targeting one of the most important cultural resources in the world during lengthy armed conflicts and irresponsible acts as well as illegal smuggling.
HH Shaikh Nasser further underlined the importance of the conference and the joint initiative of UAE and France in boosting UNESCO’s efforts to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts and the systematic destruction and sabotage of historical sites that represent ancient civlisations dating back to the first century.
“The nations’ heritage embodies their arts, culture and architect, but the continuing destruction of these treasures in areas witnessing armed conflicts will deny us as well as the next generations some very important resources that have a very high value. It is very important to protect them,” HH Shaikh Nasser said, affirming that: “Humanity has inherited a proud heritage that contributed in shaping the new civilisation, and formed the foundation for new generations to stand up and advance. This heritage has also unified the humans via a common history. However, protective efforts of such important treasures have always arrived late, and all nations must work together towards preserving and protecting them from destruction, extinction and plunder by anti-civilisation individuals and groups.
This conference and the initiative launched during it are the first its their kinds at an international level to discuss matter of protecting historic monuments during armed conflicts.
The final statement of the conference included launching an international network to provide haven for the endangered heritage, and stressed on the need of joint efforts to protect assets at all times, especially at the time of armed conflicts. The conference agreed also to launch an international fund financed by public and private sectors to sponsor programmes aimed at protecting cultural heritage.