Jordan, Italy launch int'l initiative to protect cultural heritage

28 Sep 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous
Jordan, Italy launch int'l initiative to protect cultural heritage
27/09/2015 | 23:48 LOC 
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| Arab News
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NEW YORK, Sept 27 (KUNA) -- A new international initiative to enhance the protection of cultural heritage targeted by terrorists and illicit traffickers has been launched at the UN by Jordan and Italy, supported by UNESCO, INTERPOL and UNODC.
On the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan launched "Protecting Cultural Heritage-An Imperative for Humanity" initiative with the participation of principals from UNESCO, INTERPOL and UNODC as well as ministers from a number of UN member states.
In a joint press release, both Jordan and Italy said that the main goal of the program "is to follow up on resolutions and decisions adopted by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and other international bodies." Throughout the last decade, the world has witnessed a sharp increase in terrorist attacks on, and destruction of, the cultural heritage of countries affected by armed conflict, they added. Organized looting, illicit trafficking and sale of cultural objects have reached an unprecedented scale. 

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