Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

22 Sep 2014 1:28 PM | Anonymous

Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will join the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Campbell, and its president, Emily Rafferty, on September 22 to highlight the destruction of irreplaceable cultural heritage taking place throughout Iraq and Syria at the hands of violent extremists like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Syrian regime.

The event, to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City amid the United Nations General Assembly week, will feature a presentation by Professor Michael Danti and remarks from Secretary Kerry, Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, and other distinguished members of the preservation and museum community.