ALECSO, the permanent Committee for Arab Culture of the Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization approved the proposals of the State of Qatar related to organizing workshops on registering elements of intangible cultural heritage on the Representative List of UNESCO, and further holding a workshop for culture and sustainability in conjunction with the “Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition.”
That was during a meeting held by the committee at the organization’s headquarters in the Tunisian capital, which lasted for two days with the participation of the State of Qatar, being represented by Mrs. Maryam Yassin Al-Hammadi, Director of the Department of Culture and Arts at the Ministry of Culture, and in the presence of Professor Dr. Mohamed Ould Omar, Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization, and His Excellency Dr. Hayat Al-Qarmazi, Minister of Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia and representatives of the Arab countries that are members of ALECSO.
The meeting comes in the context of preparations for the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs in the Arab World, which will be hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco at the end of this year.
Several files were discussed, including visions for developing joint cultural work and updating its paths in light of the review of sustainable development commitments 2030, and proposals related to mechanisms for classifying Arab cultural institutions, and mechanisms for selecting capitals of Arab culture, in addition to celebrating Tripoli as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2024.
Participants stressed, during the meeting, the great role played by the Permanent Committee for Arab Culture in promoting joint Arab cultural work, especially in light of the unprecedented circumstances experienced by the defenseless Palestinian people, which led to the obliteration of heritage, culture, architectural heritage, and all symbols of cultural memory. Further, the importance of Arab cultural cooperation was also stressed to develop a comprehensive and sustainable vision and policies that would contribute to cultural development as a major goal of sustainable development.