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UNESCO unveils global campaign to counter deliberate destruction of cultural heritage

30 June 2015
UNESCO unveils global campaign to counter deliberate destruction of cultural heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched the Global Coalition Unite for Heritage campaign, which aims to strengthen the mobilization of governments and all heritage stakeholders in the face of deliberate damage to cultural heritage, particularly in the Middle East.

"The threat is global and our response must be global. It requires better coordination among national services, the exchange of information among States. Nothing can replace, in this area, the action of governments," said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as she launched the initiative in Bonn, Germany, where the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee is under way.

"Our main challenge is to succeed in getting all the players involved in this struggle to work together: police, customs officials, museums, governments, actors from the cultural, humanitarian and security sectors, civil society and the media. We need to create new alliances to meet the challenges of violent extremism," the Director-General said.

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