PARIS – NOVEMBER 1 – Proud of Italy’s presidency of the UNESCO Culture Commission, minister Dario Franceschini has brought to Paris the Italian commitment to protect culture and intangeable heritage as a synonym for the protection of humanity. “Culture is the heritage of our past and it is our responsibility is to convey it to the future generations “, Italy’s minister of Culture said delivering his speech at the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference, taking place in the French capital.
After paying homage to the outgoing Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, who recently accepted his invitation to join the Rome Colosseum’s new management board, Franceschini wished good luck also to Audrey Azoulay, elected as the new chief of the United Nation agency. “I’m sure that together we will write a new chapter of the UNESCO history”, the Italian highlighed addressing to Azoulay.
“Education and culture are the best antidote to the fear spreading in our epoch”, Dario Franceschini stated, replying to those reporters asking him comments on the role of UNESCO in the fight against terror, in the hours following the terrorist attack in New York and two years after the tragic mass shooting occurred on the 15 november 2015 in the Parisian theatre Bataclan.
“After the Bataclan attack, two years ago, the Italian goverment, then led by prime minister Matteo Renzi, made a clear choice, confirmed today”, the Italian minister added mentioning the same words pronounced by the premier at that time: “For each euro invested in security, Italy will also spend one euro in culture”, renewing the importance to invest in education.
In these recent years Italy has distinguished itself at the UNESCO for supporting of the Blue Helmets of Culture. “Today terrorism hits symbol of culture and religion as well as human beings”, Franceschini concluded, “For this reason, the international community must stay united and mobilizes resources to defend people, above all, but also to protect the cultural heritage”.
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