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    Statement of solidarity with Lebanon and support to recover the damaged cultural heritage in Beirut

    11 August 2020

    We wish to express our solidarity with the Lebanese people for the tragedy that has struck the city of Beirut. We are saddened by these events and we send our condolences for the loss of lives and our shared concern for the scale of material destruction.

    As members and practitioners of the heritage protection community, we have worked for decades alongside the Lebanese people to safeguard and preserve the nation’s unique cultural heritage. We remain by your side to continue our collective work during these challenging times.

    Damaged libraries, museums, and historic buildings will require cultural first aid and longer-term recovery interventions. Their collections will need urgent protection and salvaging. We pledge to do all that we can to contribute to the complete recovery of the heritage that has been damaged in Beirut by this blast.
    In full solidarity,

    Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (Bahrain)
    ArcHerNet (Germany)
    Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Bahrain)
    BlueShield International
    Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine – Ecole de Chaillot (France)
    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
    EUROPA NOSTRA – The European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage
    Fondation nationale des musées (Morocco)
    Global Heritage Fund
    Honor Frost Foundation
    Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA)
    Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO)
    Institut national du patrimoine (France)
    International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH)
    International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
    International Council of Museums (ICOM)
    Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)
    Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg
    Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM)
    Musée du Louvre
    Musée national du Mali
    Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
    Rempart (France)
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    World Monuments Fund

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