UNWTO strongly condemns the destruction of cultural heritage

Posted On Apr 24, 2015

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UNWTO strongly condemns the destruction of cultural heritage

On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO joins UNESCO in urging immediate action to safeguard the world’s cultural heritage. “As stated by UNESCO Director- General Irina Bokova, the recent systematic destruction of Iraq’s unique cultural heritage is intolerable and must come to an end immediately”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “The world´s diverse cultural heritage tells mankind’s story; it tells our story. It gives a sense of pride and self-esteem to local communities, and motivates millions of people to travel and discover the world each year.

UNWTO is appalled by the systematic destruction of cultural and religious artifacts in Syria and Iraq, the last of which in the Mosul Museum in Iraq.

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