Funding Call to Protect Historic Arab Buildings
Delegates called for a plan, to be known as the Dubai Initiative, that would develop methods and approaches to conserving the cultural heritage that applied specifically to the Arab and Islamic worlds.
Help with this would be sought from international conservation organisations such as the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, which should be encouraged to involve Arab experts in their activities.
Delegates said governments should preserve cultural sites and treat any attempts to damage them as a crime. A country’s heritage should be integrated into comprehensive and sustainable national development plans.
Communities should be encouraged to participate in heritage initiatives, and the level of cultural awareness should be raised through museums and other means. Read more
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