PARIS, NOVEMBER 29 – Ahead of a UN Security Council open briefing with UNESCO new Director-General Audrey Azoulay, Italy was elected to the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, a significant recognition for Italy’s commitment to the UN Agency and to its campaigns Unite4Heritage launched in the aftermaths of ISIS attacks to the cultural heritage of the Middle East.
“Preservation is key for peace and coexistence”, the Italian minister for Foreign affairs Angelino Alfano said today, expressing deep satisfaction for the outcome of the election: “Its a success that consolidates our political action in a field in which Italy has an uncontested leadership bot at the European and United Nations level”.
Tomorrow, November 30, UNESCO Director-General Azoulay will address the Council for the presentation of the first implementation report of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2347 on the protection of cultural heritage(link is external), which was prepared under UNESCO’s leadership. The Under Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov, will present the report to members of the UN Security Council during the public briefing on “Maintenance of international peace and security: Destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict” organized by the Italian presidency for the month of November. USG Voronkov, UNODC head Yuri Fedotov, INTERPOL SG Stock and an Italian expert on restoring cultural artifacts (Architect Bianchi) are the invited briefers.
UN Security Council Resolution 2347, drafted by Italy and France, was unanimously adopted in March 2017. It is the first Resolution to focus exclusively on the role of cultural heritage for peace and security, and it welcomes the central role played by UNESCO in protecting cultural heritage and promoting culture as an instrument to bring people together and foster dialogue. This first Report was prepared under the leadership of UNESCO in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, among others.
While in New York, the Director-General is expected to meet with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Fund, Achim Steiner. She will highlight UNESCO’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda and the relevance of UNESCO’s programme in related UN coordinated development groups and initiatives. (@OnuItalia)