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DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO

Official launch of the publication entitled “Restoration of Borobudur”

On 3 April 2006, the Director-General of UNESCO, together with Mr Hari Untoro Dradjat, Representative of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and Mr Aman Wirakartakusumah, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to UNESCO, celebrated the official launch of the publication entitled The Restoration of Borobudur.

Mr H. Arief Rachman, Indonesia’s representative on the Executive Board, also attended the ceremony.

In referring to the publication in his opening remarks, the Director-General said, “This impressive book is the record of more than two decades of painstaking work accomplished by the team of experts entrusted with the rehabilitation of the ancient Buddhist temple known as Chandi Borobudur.”

The Director-General recalled that UNESCO’s association with the safeguarding of Borobodur began in 1968 when the first expert mission was dispatched at the request of the Indonesian Government. As a result, in 1972 UNESCO launched the International Safeguarding Campaign of Borobudur, and with the financial assistance of some 27 countries and the close cooperation of the Indonesian Government, a comprehensive restoration project helped bring Borobudur back to its former splendour. Subsequently, in 1991 Borobudur was officially recognized by its inscription on the World heritage List.

The Director-General said, “In the current era of accelerating globalization, the international community recognizes the importance of promoting cultural diversity in all its forms in order to promote respect for the fundamental values making up our cultural identity and to ensure sustainable development for all peoples in the world. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the wonderful story of Borobudur described in this publication raises many crucial questions regarding the international community’s actions in favour of humanity’s cultural heritage.” Finally, in his closing remarks the Director-General assured that “UNESCO will remain firmly committed to working with Member States to address such challenges in the future…More precisely, we must extend the scope of our approach to include the safeguarding for not only tangible but also intangible heritage. Their combined contribution to the protection and promotion of cultural diversity is vital for guaranteeing sustainable development worldwide.”

  • Author(s):Flash Info n°55-2006
  • Source:Office of the Spokesperson
  • 04-04-2006
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