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10 years of achievements of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF)

(c) P. Chiang-Joo

12 November 2015

On the occasion of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, the President of the General Conference, H.E. Mr Stanley M. Simataa, attended the ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the African World Heritage Fund and the proclamation of May 5th as the African World Heritage Day, co-organized by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and His Excellency Mr. Jean-Marie Adoua, President of the African Group of UNESCO.

Over the past 10 years, the AWHF has supported the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Africa and the safeguarding of the diversity of the continent’s rich heritage, as a source of identity and sustainable development. In his speech, Mr Simataa expressed the very special meaning for Africa since the establishment of the Fund. He underlined that “World Heritage is not only about economic development and return on investments. World Heritage is about our identity. It brings a testament to who we are, where we come from and what can be transmitted to future generations”. He insisted on the importance of youth as an integral part of the global development agenda and ended by highlighting that the African World Heritage Fund is a key player, an essential partner, in the Organization’s global action.

The ceremony was the occasion to proclaim the African World Heritage Day, while reaffirming the commitments of the international community as a whole to the safeguarding of the African World Heritage Properties.

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