Mobilization For Heritage – Iraq, Syria and Other Conflict-stricken Countries

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•05•06    14:00 - 18:00

    Today in Iraq and Syria, as before in Bamyan or Timbuktu, radical armed groups are destroying monuments, burning manuscripts and ransacking museums, while terrorizing the people in those countries where brilliant civilizations have prospered for centuries. These attacks against cultural heritage are part of a “deliberate and extremely violent cultural cleansing strategy,” according to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The urge to make a tabula rasa is the seal of all totalitarian regimes because the past is always talking about the present. The treasures from the past nourish our minds and underpin our freedom.

    On 6 May 2015, the United Nations University and UNESCO will bring together intellectuals, archeologists, writers and poets to mobilize and discuss how to counter the forces that are currently destroying the world’s heritage.

    This conference will bring together, among others:

    • Boutros Boutros Ghali – Egyptian politician and diplomat, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
    • Abderrahmane Sissako – film director and producer, including of the acclaimed film Timbuktu
    • Hélène Carrère d’Encausse – historian and Permanent Secretary of the Académie française
    • Nedim Gürsel – writer
    • Abed Azrie – musician, composer and poet

    To register for this event, send an email with your name and profession/organization to:


    UNESCO House, Room II
    125 Avenue de Suffren
    75007 Paris

  • For further questions, please contact:

    Tel: +33 1 45 68 46 43

    Tel: +33 1 45 68 46 40