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U.A.E. chairs UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting

June 5, 2014

PARIS, 5th June 2014 (WAM) -- U.A.E. on Wednesday chaired the fifth session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place from 2 to 4 June 2014 at the headquarters of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, and has become the first Arab country to chair such a meeting in the history of the international organisation thanks to the support of the 158 members of the organisation.

U.A.E.'sAwad Ali Saleh, Foreign Relations Advisor at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Heritage Authority, and chairman of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee the chaired the session which was attended by representatives member countries.

"U.A.E's chairmanship of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee and its annual meeting reflects all member countries' appreciation of the efforts it made in the past years to protect the world tangible and intangible heritage and to encourage and help poor countries to protect their heritage by listing it at the international organisation," Mr. Awad Ali Saleh told WAM.

"It also shows all member countries' recognition of U.A.E.'s support for the international organisation's activities and its close cooperation with all members, on safeguarding of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, locally, in the Arab region as well as internationally."

More than 600 participants attended the fifth General Assembly which concluded with substantial resolutions.

Mr. Saleh added that the successful discussions were positive and successful and contributed to the success of the fifth general assembly.

Starting from 2015, all nominations will be evaluated by a single Evaluation Body of twelve members appointed by the Committee, six experts representing States Parties non-Members of the Committee and six representatives of accredited NGO, taking into consideration equitable geographic representation and various domains of intangible cultural heritage.

The general assembly also decided to allocate more than US$4 million from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support safeguarding efforts of States Parties.

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Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)

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