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Global forum for heritage in Morocco launched
By A Staff Reporter November 28, 2018
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MOROCCO: Under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Princess Lalla Hasna, President of the Moroccan Society for Archaeology and Heritage, the “International Forum on Cities and Heritage in the Arab Countries”, was launched on Monday, Nov.26., in the antique city of Essaouira in Morocco. The event was organised by the Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR), and the Moroccan Society for Archaeology and Heritage (SMAP), in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The event was also supported by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage, the regional and municipal councils of Essaouira, the Essaouira Mogador Association and the regional and municipal directorates of culture.

The three-day event (from 26 November to 28 November 2018) includes a number of lectures and panel discussions that aim at identifying and highlighting the effective and influential factors that contribute to the preservation of urban heritage in Arab cities. It is also aimed at encouraging social diversity in order to share experiences and experiments and to exchange proposals for solutions on common challenges. In addition, the Forum is a perfect platform to present case studies from the Arab region aimed at preserving the quality of life in historic neighbourhoods and cities, which consider the most appropriate tool to develop cultural heritage and achieve sustainable development.

The official opening ceremony of the Forum included several key speeches delivered by representatives of the patronage authorities and organisers of the Forum. Mr. André Azoulay, Advisor to His Majesty the King of Morocco and founding chairman of Essaouira Mogador Association, spoke at the opening about the importance of this Forum. He thanked all organisers and participants for their efforts and contribution, stressing the significance of the host city that highlights the important relation between heritage and a city. “We are very proud that the cultural heritage of Essaouira was shaped by a range of civilizations that have passed this region over centuries. In fact, our strength lies in the essence of our diversity”, said Mr. Azoulay.

For his part, Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj pointed to the importance of the tangible heritage of Morocco, stressing the unique cultural heritage of the region. “The choice of Essaouira to host this event reflects the importance of this city, which dates back thousands of years,” said Mr. Laaraj.Mr. Webber Ndoro, Director General of the ICCROM, assured the interest of ICCROM in Arab countries. “Arab region is very important for ICCROM, as 20per cent of our member states are from this region”, said Mr. Ndoro. “ICCROM-ATHAR is the only regional office that we have in the world; it is very important office, not only for Arab countries but also for the whole world. It is a pioneer case that encourages replication”, Mr. Ndoro concluded.

Mr. Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer, General Secretary of the Moroccan Association for Archeology and Heritage, thanked all organizers, sponsors and participants to this important scientific event, calling for collective efforts to address the challenges that face cultural heritage in the Arab world.

Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR talked about the importance of collaboration and the exchange of information and experiences among Arab countries. “The Forum will discuss important topics with the aim to develop a work-plan leading to achieve a strategic sustainable development plan that meets the United Nations development goals of 2030”, Dr. Aslan said. Mr. Aslan also received an honorary shield from the Moroccan Society for Archeology and Heritage, SMAP, in recognition of his great efforts to support and promote the cultural heritage in the Arab world.
 

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