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Fire at Notre-Dame de Paris: UNESCO’s Solidarity and Engagement for Its Reconstruction

A formal declaration adopted by UNESCO’s Executive Board upon Italy’s initiative has been  presented to French President Emmanuel Macron in order to reiterate the importance of cultural heritage after the fire which devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral. This initiative follows up on the work carried out by Italy at UNESCO in order to protect and enhance cultural heritage.

The declaration was handed over to President Macron by UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay together with a delegation of Executive Board representatives, among which Italy’s, during a ceremony which took place at the Elysée Palace. While expressing solidarity of the Organization’s 193 Member States, the text reaffirms their engagement and determination to protect cultural heritage as a vehicle to express the universal values that unite all peoples. The declaration also offers to put UNESCO’s experience and scientific competences at use for the restauration of the unique site of Notre-Dame’s, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991.

To see the footage of the ceremony: