NAPLES, JANUARY 14 – Scenes of ISIS destroying cultural heritage have raised awareness on the importance of protection and conservation, Paolo Petrocelli, president of UNESCO Youth Italy, said in Naples opening the three-day UNESCO National Youth Committee Assembly with more than 300 delegates between the ages of 20-35 from every region in Italy in attendance.
“Seeing those atrocious images of crazy criminals taking pickaxes to statues in the desert is a terrible action that awakens the consciences of young people all over the world,” he said. “That’s the feeling upon which we have to focus a broad youth awareness project”.
Petrocelli added that “young people don’t understand how to contribute to bringing this abundance into the future, and those of us in UNESCO Youth have to lead the debate so that young people care more about the heritage that belongs to all of us.”
The assembly was the occasion for the Italian launch of the international campaign sponsored by UNESCO in Paris, “#Unite4Heritage”. The campaign is part of a global movement by UNESCO committed to safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage and diversity, including through the use of social media. (@OnuItalia)