Memorandum of Understanding between ICCROM and ALECSO

Memorandum of Understanding between ICCROM and ALECSO
28 March 2014

On 21 March 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and ICCROM, at the ALECSO headquarters in Tunisia.

The agreement will reinforce a partnership between the two organizations in the implementation of activities hosted at the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in the areas of capacity building and dissemination of course outcomes and proceedings. Signed within the framework of ALECSO’s Culture Sector and the Protection of Cultural Heritage programme, the MoU and related activities aim to strengthen capacities of official heritage institutions in the Arab region as well as promote cultural heritage on a sustainable basis.

Signing the MoU were Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, and Dr Abdullah Muhareb, Director-General of ALECSO. Also in attendance were: Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre; Dr Hayet Guettat, Director of the Culture Sector at ALECSO; Dr Mohammed Abdul Bari al-Qudsi, Assistant Director-General of ALECSO; Mr Rami Al-Jamal, Head of the Director-General’s Office at ALECSO; and Ms Faika Bejaoui, Heritage Programmes Coordinator, Culture Sector, ALECSO.

The MoU sets the basis for implementing guidelines stated in a framework agreement between ICCROM and ALECSO signed 9 November 2012. Additionally, it has been signed in the context of the decisions of the 17th and 18th Ministers of Culture Conferences held in Doha, Qatar in October 2011 and Manama, Bahrain November 2012 respectively; ALECSO conferences that have been held in the past five years; and ALECSO’s 20th and 21st Archaeology and Heritage Congresses (Algeria, March 2012 and Tunisia, October 2013, respectively), which requested “Arab States and ALECSO to sustain financial and moral support for ICCROM’s ATHAR Programme, and to facilitate the programme’s implementation of training courses in the field of Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage”.

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