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Original title: The World Heritage Conference advocates strengthening China-Africa cooperation to jointly promote world heritage protection

China News Service, Fuzhou, July 19 (Zheng Jiang Luo Yingni) “We attach great importance to the protection of world heritage. We hope that the protection of world heritage will not leave any country behind.” Suaibu Varisu, Director of the African World Heritage Fund On the 19th, he made an online appeal at the side event on the theme of “Building World Heritage Conservation and Management Capacity-Towards the Future of China-Africa Cooperation”.

On the 19th, the 44th World Heritage Committee Meeting “Building World Heritage Conservation and Management Capacity-Towards the Future of Sino-African Cooperation” theme side event was held in Fuzhou. Many Chinese and foreign guests participated in this event both offline and online. Meetings.

Suaibu Varisu pointed out that looking at the African continent, there are not many inscribed on the World Heritage List, and there are many world heritage sites in Africa that have not received the attention and protection they deserve. He hopes to strengthen cooperation with China, so that more and more African countries can benefit from this.

It is understood that this side event is a practical response to UNESCO’s priority policy in Africa, and is another dialogue and cooperation between international institutions and experts in the field of world heritage in China and Africa.

Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Education, Director of China’s National Committee for UNESCO, and Chairman of the 44th World Heritage Conference, said that Africa, with its splendid traditional culture and rich ecosystem, is an important part of the world heritage cause. Due to historical and practical reasons, a considerable part of Africa’s World Heritage Listed on the List is in endangered status.

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He pointed out that African countries need to make greater efforts and gather greater strength in the cause of world heritage protection. “We respect Africa, love Africa, and support Africa. China attaches great importance to cooperation with Africa and will jointly promote world heritage protection.”

At the meeting, experts from Africa and China reviewed the preliminary results of a series of China-Africa cooperation in the field of world heritage since 2019, jointly discussed the current world heritage protection management and capacity building in Africa and China, and conducted an in-depth analysis of the world heritage. The main challenges and countermeasures currently facing the field.

In the expert speech session, Muhammad Juma, Director of the African Region of the World Heritage Center, systematically introduced the development of capacity building in Africa, pointing out that future capacity building should be targeted at heritage site management institutions, practitioners, community stakeholders, and university research institute researchers, and invited the Chinese side Share the experience of World Heritage nominations, protection and management with Africa.

Professor Lu Zhou, director and professor of the National Heritage Center of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, believes that African World Heritage is an indispensable and distinctive part of the entire world heritage system, and that African heritage is under-represented in the existing World Heritage List. Not only needs Africa to continuously improve the capacity building of heritage declaration, but also the world needs to have a deeper understanding of the uniqueness of African history and culture, establish an identification and interpretation system in line with the characteristics of African heritage, and show the cultural value of African heritage.

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After discussion, China and Africa have initially formed a five-year long-term plan for world heritage protection and management capacity building, which aims to establish a more direct knowledge exchange platform for experts, scholars, and heritage site managers in the field of world heritage between Africa and China, and strengthen Experience exchange and sharing, jointly carry out capacity building, and jointly improve the level of world heritage protection and management. (Finish)Return to Sohu to see more

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