DOHA, Qatar, – Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, hailed Qatar’s efforts, in preserving World Heritage.

This is by supporting UNESCO’s initiatives, stressing the importance of the country’s role in supporting and enhancing the ability of the Organisation, in preserving World Heritage sites, in areas that are exposed to natural disasters and wars, she said.

The Director-General expressed appreciation for the initiatives of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, in educating children in poor countries, as well as, countries that suffer from civil wars or conflicts.

In an interview with Al-Sharq newspaper, Bokova said, Sheikha Moza, since the mid-nineties until today, has supported UNESCO in delivering education to all children.

The Organisation, she said, is already launching a campaign with all UN Member States, to save the World Heritage from the danger of extinction and disappearing, particularly in countries that suffer wars, civil conflicts or terrorism.

Bokova also commended the efforts exerted by Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums Board of Trustees, in the preservation of World Heritage by supporting UNESCO’s initiatives, noting to an international campaign, launched from Doha, for the preservation of World Heritage and protect it from extinction.

The Director-General said, the organisation is proud to support Qatar in protecting the World Heritage and educating young people to fight extremism, pointing out that, in this regard, UNESCO is working with the world’s countries, regional authorities, partners from civil society and the Crescent and Red Cross Societies, as heritage does not belong to one state, but it belongs to humanity.

Bokova noted that two years ago, an international conference to save the world heritage was held in Doha, to remind young people and educate them, saying, “We must fight against extremism. We have started a big campaign in Doha two years ago to protect World Heritage” chaired by Sheikha Al Mayassa and representatives from UNESCO, advisory bodies of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

She added that Qatar had adopted very important decisions for UNESCO and the world and 40 sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, praising Qatar’s important role in this field.

The Director-General also hailed the support of Qatar for the organisation, through its development fund that provided a $2-million grant, as part of a pledge by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, to donate $10 million, to support UNESCO in conserving world heritage sites in areas hit by natural disasters and wars.

About the support of Qatar’s candidate for UNESCO, Bokova said, she, as director of the Organisation, stands at the same distance from all the candidates, stressing that, Qatar is able to lead UNESCO in the next stage, and that the Adviser at the Emiri Diwan, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, who is also Qatar’s candidate for the director-general post at UNESCO, has a great history and important ideas that will benefit the organisation, noting to Qatar’s high potential in offering upscale educational programmes.

Bokova expressed her happiness to visit Doha, that will give her an opportunity to meet with a group of high-ranking officials. She will also visit Al Zubarah Archaeological site, which was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2013.

Source: NAM News Network