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  • International campaign to save the monuments of Nubia, ruins of an early Christian church Nubia,Serra.

Sudan joined UNESCO on 26 November 1947.

Opened in December 2006, the UNESCO Office Khartoum represents UNESCO in Sudan, with a branch office in Juba.

Cooperation between UNESCO and Sudan down through the years has centred on safeguarding heritage. In 1956, Sudan requested UNESCO’s aid to prevent sites in the Nubian region from disappearing under the waters of the Upper Nile when the Aswan Dam was completed. The International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia was launched the following year. Vast archaeological excavations were undertaken around the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. This campaign led to more projects with UNESCO, particularly related to environment. The Sudanese landscape, dotted with pyramids, palaces and tombs dating back to antiquity, is the object of safeguarding policies supported by the Organization. The ancient hill of Gebel Barkal and the sites of the Napatan region were thus added to the World Heritage List in 2003.

Despite the conflicts that have torn the country, much effort has been made in education and in favour of peace and development, including the distribution of school materials to children victims of the war. There are currently seven UNESCO chairs in Sudan, in subjects ranging from water resources and desertification to peace and transfer of technology.

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