Report of International Expert Meeting on the Safeguarding of Libyan Cultural Heritage
5 February, 2016

With the support of the US Department of State and in partnership with the Libyan Department of Antiquities, ICCROM through ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO-Cairo Regional Office, organized a meeting in Tunisia from 9th to 11th May 2016 to develop a shared understanding of issues covering cultural heritage preservation in Libya. The participants drafted an action plan with concrete steps, benchmarks, and mechanisms to engage Libya’s civil society to protect the country’ cultural heritage.  Various Libyan participants representing heritage sites, historic cities, as well as active civil society in addition to several international missions working in Libya were involved. The international missions were from the United States, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, and international organisations such as INTERPOL, World Customs Organisation, International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), The World Bank, and others. The closing session included a speech by Mr. Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya. Mr. Kobler stressed the importance of conserving the cultural heritage in Libya in its diversity, assuring that any future recovery plan within the Libyan context will have cultural heritage conservation as one of its priorities.

The meeting report can be found here.