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  • The British Museum and UNESCO organize the rescue of Iraq's cultural heritage
    28-04-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 36)
    Paris – The second meeting of international experts to save Iraq’s museums and cultural property will be held in London on April 29, at the initiative of the British Museum and UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO Should Help Libraries and Archives in Iraq, Intergovernmental Council Says
    25-04-2003 4:00 pm - (UNESCO Webworld)
    Strong support for UNESCO's position and action regarding the events in Iraq, particularly as regards to libraries and archives, was given yesterday by the representatives of 26 countries around the world, who met in Paris for a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO's Information for All Programme. More

  • Second meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq
    23-04-2003 7:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General brought together, for the second time, on Wednesday, 23 April 2003, the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq which he established last March. More

  • Experts’ meeting at UNESCO issues recommendations to safeguard Iraqi Cultural Heritage
    17-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-26)
    experts_100.jpgSome 30 experts* meeting at UNESCO today at the initiative of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, issued recommendations for an international effort to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage and prevent further destruction following the recent looting of the country’s museums, archives and libraries. More
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  • Koïchiro Matsuura: The fate of Iraqi heritage lies in the hands of the international community as a whole
    17-04-2003 12:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Matsuura_Iraq_Experts_meeting_100.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in his address to the international experts meeting on 17 April 2003 convened at his initiative in UNESCO Headquarters, stated: “Despite all your expertise and good will, the fate of Iraqi heritage does not lie in your hands. It lies in the hands of the international community as a whole, and the only way that we will be able to safeguard these treasures and give them back to humanity is if we can count on the cohesion, coordination and determination of all concerned, at every level”. He renewed his appeal to “all States to adopt the emergency legal and administrative measures required to prevent the importation into their territory of any cultural, archaeological or bibliographical object having recently left Iraq” and again called upon “all museums, art dealers and private collectors to exclude these objects from any commercial transactions”. More

  • UNESCO to make a preliminary assessment of the state of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage
    15-04-2003 12:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-24)
    In the wake of the heavy losses to Iraq’s cultural treasures, notably in Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit, some 30 leading experts will meet at UNESCO Headquarters on April 17 to attempt a preliminary evaluation of the state of the country’s heritage. The meeting will seek to determine the urgent measures required to safeguard this heritage, which dates back thousands of years. More
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  • Koïchiro Matsuura: Libraries and Archives must be protected as essential parts of the rich heritage of Iraq
    15-04-2003 11:30 am - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    As the evidence of the destruction of many parts of the cultural heritage in Iraq is increasing, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today warned of the devastation and looting of libraries and archives in the country, which may have irreversible consequences for maintaining and strengthening the country's cultural identity. "I reiterate my urgent call to take immediate measures of protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural institutions to which libraries and archives belong", declared Mr Matsuura. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO calls for all measures to be taken to ensure the protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural heritage and effectively fight against illicit trafficking
    12-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Following the acts of looting committed yesterday in the National Archaeological Museum of Baghdad, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has contacted the American and British authorities and asked them to take immediate measures of protection and surveillance of Iraqi archaeological sites and cultural institutions. More

  • UNESCO must be ready without delay to help restore hope for the future in the Iraqi people, says Koïchiro Matsuura
    10-04-2003 2:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has welcomed the support shown by the Members of the UNESCO Executive Board for a full role for the Organization in Iraq. Speaking before the Executive Board on 9 April 2003, he stated “UNESCO’s experience in similar situations over recent years has shown that education and culture can play a key role in consolidating the peace process and restoring national unity”, he said. “We must be ready without delay, he added, to help restore hope for the future in the Iraqi people”. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO deplores high toll among journalists in Iraq
    08-04-2003 6:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the heavy toll paid by the press in Iraq and reminded the belligerents of their obligation to treat journalists as civilians. More

  • In the face of the situation in Iraq, the Director-General calls on the Members of the Executive Board to focus their energies on ensuring that UNESCO is ready to assume its proper responsibilities when the time comes
    07-04-2003 5:55 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Speaking at the opening of the current session of the Organization’s Executive Board, which is being held from 4 to 16 April, chaired by Mrs Aziza Benani, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Morocco to UNESCO, the Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, began by expressing once again his “compassion in the face of the terrible suffering of the Iraqi civilian population”. “How”, he said, “can anyone not shudder at this deluge of noise and fire or not feel for the families of so many dead and wounded, whether civilians or military personnel? Loss of life by any token is unbearable”. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO says he is « relieved » at yesterday’s announcement about the resumption of the « Oil for Food » Programme
    29-03-2003 1:15 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Declaring his “deep sympathy with the Iraqi people, whose suffering has been worsened by lack of food and drinking water supplies”, Koïchiro Matsuura has reaffirmed UNESCO’s determination to “resume as soon as possible, alongside the other eight United Nations system agencies involved, an active part in the implementation of the Oil for Food Programme”. More

  • Koïchiro Matsuura : « We are duty bound to assist the Iraqi people in protecting its memory and building its future »
    27-03-2003 3:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeperson)
    Following converging reports about damage to several cultural buildings in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, Mossul and Tikrit, since the beginning of the conflict, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, recalling that Iraq, “the cradle of civilizations that go back thousands of years, has many treasures and sites that are a valuable part of the heritage of all humankind”, has again emphasized that everything possible should be done to preserve the Iraqi cultural heritage*. More

  • Iraq: The Director-General of UNESCO urges belligerents to ensure the safety of journalists
    27-03-2003 11:05 am - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, urges all the parties involved in the war in Iraq to respect the rights of journalists under international law, to refrain from targeting the media and to ensure the free flow of information. More

  • First meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq set up by the Director-General of UNESCO
    26-03-2003 3:25 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General chaired today the first meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq set up by him within the Secretariat. More

  • Statement by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
    20-03-2003 6:00 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    “As Director-General of an institution dedicated to constructing the defences of peace in the minds of men through education, science, culture and communication, at the moment when armed conflict is beginning in Iraq I can only express my heartfelt emotion, my infinite sadness and my most profound wish that the loss of human life and the scale of suffering and destruction will be reduced to the minimum. More


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