DAMASCUS, 29 September (BelTA - SANA) - With the participation of Syria, the works of the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development “ MONDIACULT 2022 ” kicked off in Mexico, which will last from 28 to 30 September, with the participation of 140 ministers of culture around the world.
The conference calls for the need for culture to be at the core of any transformational path of human development and also seeks to create a global dialogue on the role of culture in sustainable development.
Culture Minister Lubana Mshaweh delivered a recorded speech during the work of the first day of the conference, in which she stressed that cultural diversity is the distinguishing feature of the comprehensive Syrian national identity, and the constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic guarantees in form and content the protection of this diversity for the Syrian society with all its component and confirms that there is no discrimination based on gender. origin, religion, language or belief, and all people have equal opportunities.
“Syria, throughout its history, which dates back to the seventh millennium BC, is a meeting place of civilizations, and the terrorist war aimed at tearing up its geographical unity and striking its cultural diversity. ethnic and sectarian, therefore, our keenness to protect our cultural diversity parallels our concern for the unity of our homeland and people” Mshaweh added.
She said that the national cultural strategy in Syria is based on protecting, preserving and ensuring the sustainability of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the preservation of its great diversity .
Mshaweh concluded her speech by saying: “Syria, a founding member of UNESCO, whose contribution was effective in its work, and ratified most of the international conventions that were approved under its umbrella, gave the world its first alphabet, and wrote down on the Ugarit number the first musical note known to mankind,”.
The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be convened by UNESCO forty years after the first Mondiacult World Conference on Cultural Policies held in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1982, and 24 years after the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1998.