International expert meeting on preservation of cultural heritage in Syria

2-4 June 2016, Berlin, Federal Office, Federal Republic of Germany

Follow-up to the implementation of the UNESCO Action Plan for the Emergency Safeguarding of Syria’s Cultural Heritage

On behalf of the UNESCO Director-General, Mrs Irina Bokova and the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office and Special Representative of the Federal Foreign Office for UNESCO World Heritage, UNESCO Cultural Conventions and UNESCO Education and Science Programmes, Prof. Maria Böhmer,  that UNESCO and the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation are jointly organizing an International Expert Meeting with the objective of the follow-up to the implementation of the UNESCO Action Plan for the Emergency Safeguarding of Syria’s Cultural Heritage, to take place from 2 to 4 June 2016, in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany.

The meeting aims to take stock of the progress made on the implementation of the UNESCO Action Plan adopted by the International Expert Meeting entitled ‘Rallying the International Community to Safeguard Syria’s Cultural Heritage’ which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in May 2014. The meeting will also aim to bring together all stakeholders in order to identify the gaps in the safeguarding of the Syrian built, movable and intangible heritage, coordinate ongoing national and international documentation, damage assessment, and capacity building efforts and define the next steps focusing on future emergency and protection plans.

Programme outline

Detailed programme: DUK-Syrienkonf_A4 Info_Programme_31.05

Please consult the website https://en.unesco.org/syrian-observatory/, which is continuously updated, on the Syrian Cultural Heritage and the actions taken by UNESCO.

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Press release

From 2.- June 4, 2016 at the invitation of UNESCO and the Special Representative of the Foreign Ministry for World Heritage and the UNESCO cultural conventions, Minister of State Prof. Maria Böhmer, the German Foreign Office, an international meeting of experts on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage in Syria instead ,

The aim of the meeting is to coordinate ongoing national and international activities in the documentation and damage assessment and the planning of the first emergency measures being taken not only in Palmyra, but also for other Syrian heritage sites. It also includes a vote on measures to train experts from museums and monuments as well as specialized areas such as conservation, restoration or small craft.

Minister of State Maria Böhmer said:

“We are facing a special challenge; the suffering and loss experience of the Syrian people are immeasurable same time, the way forward must be designed, the preservation of cultural identity is a prerequisite for peaceful coexistence We want common with this session values ​​and common… Sites in Syria retain help. ”

Among the 150 invitees from the Foreign Ministry and UNESCO experts are renowned archaeologists, scholars of antiquity, preservationists, architects and urban planners from around the world, operating in Syria and native of Syria scientists numerous including. Technically is prepared which is supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation conference jointly organized by the German Archaeological Institute, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO and the German UNESCO Commission. Facilities want particularly involved as the German Archaeological Institute and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in the digital documentation of Syrian cultural heritage sites in crackdown on illegal trafficking in Syrian cultural property and the training of museum professionals and experts for the reconstruction of the cultural heritage of Syria.