©EPA - Nabi Younis Shrine, Mosul, Iraq, destroyed in July 2014
©UNESCO/Mamadou Koné - Reconstruction of the Al Taouati mausoleum, Timbuktu, Mali. April 2015
©Thato Maohi - Training in Gaborone, Botswana. November 2012
©Freerun Force - A Libyan Parkour group, during a recent training session in the World Heritage Site of Cyrene, Libya
“Culture is increasingly threatened and attacked during conflicts. UNESCO works to ensure its protection, supporting communities prepare for and respond to emergency situations. This contributes to restore hope and social cohesion, safeguard livelihoods and facilitate reconciliation. Be part of the effort!” More on the Heritage Emergency Fund.
“UNESCO works with local partners to rehabilitate cultural heritage that has been destroyed or damaged during conflict or natural disaster. In Timbuktu, Mali, UNESCO collaborated with local masonry associations complete the reconstruction of 14 of the 16 mausoleums inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and deliberately destroyed by violent extremist groups in 2012 and 2013.” More on the Heritage Emergency Fund.
“Looting and illicit trafficking of cultural objects deprive people of their cultural heritage and finance terrorism and criminal networks. UNESCO works to curb illicit trafficking by training law enforcement and customs officers, tracking down illegal trade patterns, and seizing looted objects for restitution.” More on the Heritage Emergency Fund.