Saharan Meetings at UNESCOSeveral cultural events presenting different facets of the Sahara are on the programme of the “Saharan Meetings” that the A360 association and UNESCO are organizing from May 9 to 13 at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters.
The “Meetings” are part of the UNESCO project "The Sahara of Cultures and People", which combats poverty through sustainable tourism development in the Sahara, based on the promotion and protection of cultural and natural heritage. The project is one of UNESCO’s contributions to the United Nations’ Millennium Goal of reducing poverty.
The “Meetings” are also part of the lead up to a series of events planned for 2006, which has been proclaimed International Year of Deserts and Desertification by the United Nations.
An exhibition, “Saharan Meetings”, presenting photographs, archeological findings, documentary films and recordings *, will be held from May 9 to 13 (9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., UNESCO, ground floor). The official opening is on May 12 (6.15 p.m., Miro Room 2). Like the lectures, meetings and film screenings scheduled between May 10 and 13, the exhibition will allow the public to discover the diversity of cultural and natural heritage in the Sahara, and to become more aware of their vulnerability.
Promoting and protecting Saharan heritage, and cultural tourism and its contribution to the struggle against poverty are the themes of the workshop and discussion on May 12 (2.30 p.m., Room IV). They will be preceded by the documentary “Le Sahara des cultures et des peoples”. Several Sahara experts will participate in the debate, chaired by Ruth Stegassy, a journalist for France Culture radio.
On Friday May 13, five documentaries on the Sahara by Joël Calmette, Raymond Depardon, Philip Haas, Werner Herzog and Jean-Dominique Lajoux will be shown from 2 to 8 p.m. (UNESCO Cinema).
* Participating photographers, directors, journalists, designers and scientists include: Arthur Andrieu, Arnaud Contreras, Julien Creps, Jean-Marc Durou, Edmond Fortier, Jean-Dominique Lajoux, Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Serge Nègre, Tadzio Pacquement, Alain Sèbe, François Soleilhavoup and Cornelis Van Voorthuizen.