The State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Culture, will host the “Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture of the Islamic World” under the motto “Towards the renewal of cultural work in the Islamic world” during the period from September 25 to 26, 2023, which is supervised by the World Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), within the framework of its powers.

In three working sessions, the conference will discuss a number of topics, including issues of cultural development in the Islamic world, mechanisms for developing the ISESCO program for capitals of culture in the Islamic world, as well as some projects such as the “Program for the Valorization of living human treasures and traditional knowledge in the Islamic world”, and “Policy guidelines”, Indicators of cultural and sustainable development in a world in transformation” and “Strategy to combat illicit trafficking of cultural property in the Islamic world “.

The conference will shed light on the history of success and distinction of “Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021”, and will track the efforts of member states and organizations and their cultural achievements. He will also organize an intellectual symposium to discuss the influences on Islamic civilization and its impact on humanity. The closing session of the conference will witness the adoption of the “Doha Declaration on the Renewal of Cultural Work in the Islamic World.”

Before the start of the ministerial meeting, the Advisory Council for Cultural Development in the Islamic World, whose General Secretariat is headed by ISESCO, will hold its eighteenth meeting on Saturday (September 23, 2023) to discuss a series of projects of decision and related documents. to the work of the Ministerial Conference, in particular the adoption of the draft agenda for the second conference, the Ten Ministers of Culture and the formation of the Office of the Advisory Council for Cultural Development in the Islamic World.

On this occasion, His Excellency Dr. Ghanem bin Mubarak Al-Ali, Deputy Undersecretary of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Culture, said that the State of Qatar’s holding of the Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture of the Islamic World culminates the efforts of the Ministry of Culture supports joint cultural work and consolidates the traditions of cultural exchange and civilization between the peoples of the Islamic world. He confirms the common cultural and civilizational values on which the State’s vision of a diverse and rich Arab-Islamic culture is based. the scene is based.

He added: “We hope that the conference sessions will contribute to promoting a constructive intellectual and civilizational debate, with the aim of unifying efforts aimed at establishing true cultural development among the member states of ISESCO, in a way that is reflected in the Islamic cultural scene”.

For her part, Ms. Maryam Al-Hammadi, Director of the Department of Culture and Arts, said that the conference theme “Towards the renewal of cultural work in the Islamic world” embodies the ambition of ISESCO member states to enhance cultural partnerships and exchange knowledge and skills, which aim to develop heritage and arts in Islamic countries, as well as strengthen interoperability efforts to launch programs and initiatives aimed at supporting youth, creatives and intellectuals in the Islamic world.

She went on to say: “The conference will represent a rich and lively interactive platform among members to present recommendations and implementable action projects, and support cultural development programs in member states.”

It is worth noting that the Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture of the Islamic World comes as a culmination of the success of the State of Qatar in hosting the activities of “Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021”, under the motto “Our Culture is Light”, during the period between March 8, 2021 and January 17, 2022, in which more than 238 cultural events and activities were organized distributed across major axes, including science, scientists, literature, arts, heritage , sports. , and women, in addition to sustainable cultural initiatives.