Culture stands on the front-line of conflict - it should be at the front-line of peace building,” Director-General states to UN Security Council
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, addressed members of the UN Security Council on “Combating the Destruction, Smuggling and Theft of Cultural Heritage” in countries where destruction of heritage, looting and illicit trafficking are used to fuel hatred and finance terrorism.
The meeting, convened by the Permanent Missions of Jordan and France to the United Nations, co-presidents of the Security Council, came as follow-up to Security Council Resolution 2199 on financing terrorism, adopted on 12 February, which entrusts UNESCO and INTERPOL with the responsibility of curbing the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.
“We see outrageous attempts to wipe away the heritage of the Middle East", said H.E. Dina Kawar, President of the Security Council, in her opening statement.