“As a historic meeting place of East and West and a fertile crossroads for different religious and cultural traditions over the centuries, Iranian heritage has long influenced other cultures, and is a source of tremendous pride for its people. Indeed, as I have seen at first hand on my official visits, it is in the field of cultural heritage preservation that our collaboration has been particularly fruitful,” said Mr Matsuura.
The Director-General recalled that in 2005 “I spent time in Bam, inscribed on the World Heritage List on an emergency basis following the terrible earthquake of 26 December 2003, and where UNESCO, in close collaboration with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is carrying out extensive rehabilitation and conservation activities.”
“Through its cooperation with UNESCO in this domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran affirms its commitment to safeguarding cultural diversity as a tool for achieving sustainable development and increasing social cohesion. Accordingly, the celebration of sixty years of partnership with UNESCO provides an excellent opportunity to recall past achievements and open new avenues for future action,” he concluded.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 084-2008 - Publication Date: 26-06-2008