UNESCO to discuss salvage of cultural heritage in Haiti

08:15, July 06, 2010      

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The Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Monday that it will hold the first meeting of the International Coordinating Committee for the salvage of the Haiti cultural heritages on July 7-8 at UNESCO headquarters.

Chaired by the Haitian Minister for Culture and Communication Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, this committee is a body set up by UNESCO to provide help to the Haitian authorities in restoring the country's cultural heritage seriously damaged by the earthquake in January, UNESCO said in a statement.

Composed of 10 experts from Haitian and international institutes working in cultural sectors, the committee was expected to decide the priorities in reconstruction of buildings, natural landscapes and damaged historic centers and the restoration of museums, archives and libraries.

It also aims to revive the creative industry and to promote the rich intangible heritage of the quake-tortured country.

The catastrophic earthquake that shook the poor country on Jan. 12 killed hundreds of thousands of people and nearly flattened all buildings in the populous capital Port-au-Prince, including government offices, churches, schools and libraries.

Source: Xinhua


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