Italy Grants €930,000 for Afghan Heritage Preservation

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KABUL - UNESCO has received a grant of €930,000 (US$ 1.2 million) from the Government of Italy to invest in Heritage Conservation, Development and Co-ordination in Afghanistan.
The project will be implemented by UNESCO’s Afghan office based in Kabul, and will be jointly managed with the Ministry of Information and Culture. Among the main aims of the project is the conservation of the Islamic Citadel of Shar-i-Gholgholah at the World Heritage Site of Bamiyan.
In addition to the activities listed above, the programme will include training and capacity-building with government officials on heritage conservation, management, dossier preparation, prevention of illicit traffic of antiquities; assistance in promoting culture management through international and national conferences such as the Second International Conference for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage and a National Conference on Ghazni, Islamic Cultural Capital 2013, and finally raising awareness on the need for heritage protection and the potential role of culture in human, social and economic development.
The project will aim at building the capacity of experts from different departments of the Ministry of Information and Culture to enhance long-term sustainable cultural heritage management and conservation in Afghanistan.
Afghan Minister for Information & Culture Makhdoom Raheen, Italy's Ambassador to Kabul Luciano Pezzotti and the head of UNESCO Kabul office Paolo Fontani attended the official signing ceremony held at the Ministry.