Unite4Heritage reminds us that the most serious challenges to the common heritage of humankind have societal causes and that only a changed, heightened awareness of these societal causes will help us to find lasting solutions to this constant loss of cultural wealth.” Great interview with Markus Hilgert, Director of Vorderasiatisches Museum im Pergamonmuseum: LINK

From its very beginning, #Unite4Heritage was a very powerful global movement especially in the Middle East and North Africa region. When UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova launched the campaign in Baghdad on 28 March 2015, she sent out a strong message of international solidarity and support with countries like Iraq and Syria, which had just suffered cultural cleansing and terrible blows to its unique archaeological heritage at the hands of ISIL.

Once you have understood that the destruction of cultural heritage is a global phenomenon seriously affecting the social cohesion and cultural diversity, it becomes obvious that it is truly in our common interest to ‘unite for heritage’ and embark on a global strategy toward its sustainable protection for future generations.”

Read the full article HERE.