The Louvre will host, on March 20, the Donors’ Conference on Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, the participants of which will be received by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
The conference will be opened by President Hollande, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova.
This event follows on from the international conference in Abu Dhabi which, on the initiative of President Hollande and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, brought together on December 2 and 3 numerous states and cultural institutions galvanized by the need to safeguard endangered cultural heritage in conflict zones. In the conference’s final declaration, the international community pledged to establish an international fund to support programs to protect cultural heritage and to develop a network of safe havens for endangered cultural property.
France and the United Arab Emirates launched the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH), a foundation established on the basis of a public-private partnership, on March 3 in Geneva. The participants in the donors’ conference at the Louvre will announce their contributions to finance initial projects in 2017.
France is continuing to mobilize the international community with a view toward implementing the commitments set out in the Abu Dhabi declaration, including at the UN Security Council where it is presenting, together with Italy, a draft resolution on the protection of cultural heritage.