UNESCO’s Executive Board approved UNESCO’s participation in the Founding Board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) on May 3.
This foundation was created on March 8 in Geneva as a follow-up to the international conference on the protection of endangered heritage in Abu Dhabi on December 2 and 3, 2016.
Through this decision, UNESCO’s Executive Board endorses the establishment of close cooperation between UNESCO and the ALIPH Foundation aimed at promoting the protection of heritage in conflict areas. This cooperation falls within the same context as UNESCO’s strategy for reinforcing UNESCO’s action for the protection of culture and the promotion of cultural pluralism in the event of armed conflict.
Following the adoption on March 24 of UNSCR 2347 on the protection of endangered cultural heritage, France is continuing its efforts to persuade the international community to implement the commitments made during the UNESCO General Conference in November 2015 and those contained in the Abu Dhabi Declaration.