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    11th IWHC Meeting kicks off: KSA elected as Chair

    19 December 2023

    The 11th Meeting of the Islamic World Heritage Committee (IWHC), in its new composition, kicked off today, Monday, December 18, 2023, at the headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Meeting saw the election of the Committee’s new Bureau for a four-year term, headed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as Vice-Chair and the Republic of Senegal as Rapporteur.

    Prior to the Meeting, Dr. Salim. M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, welcomed the Committee members, expressing his good wishes for the success of this key event. He also commended the IWHC’s work, in its previous composition under the presidency of the State of Kuwait, and the tremendous efforts exerted to inscribe the Islamic world heritage, noting that the Committee represents a key pillar in ICESCO’s strategy to preserve and safeguard heritage, along with building the capacities of young people and professionals in this area.

    The Director-General also talked about the Islamic World Heritage Center and its ability to overcome the large number of obstacles it had faced, by attracting remarkable capacities and expertise, to fulfill its goal to inscribe 1,000 heritage sites and cultural elements by 2025.

    At the outset, the Committee adopted its Draft Agenda. Dr. Mohammed Zine Alabidine, Head of the Culture and Communication Sector, gave an address where he stressed that the Meeting seeks to inscribe, promote and preserve the heritage of the Islamic world. The Meeting also reviewed several ICESCO’s heritage documents, discussed the Activity Report of the Islamic World Heritage Center and examined the submitted nomination files for the inscription of historic sites and cultural elements in the Islamic World Heritage List.

    Moreover, the Meeting elected the new members of the IWHC Bureau, as adopted in the 12th Session of the Conference of Culture Ministers in the Islamic World, held in Doha, State of Qatar, last September, namely, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Benin, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Gabon, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Palestine and Malaysia. The Bureau members selected Mr. Mohammed Al-Aidarous, KSA representative as Chair, Mr. Fadi Abedallah Youssef Balaawi, representative of Jordan as Vice-Chair, and Ms. Ndaye Khady Diouf, representative of Senegal as Rapporteur.

    The Meeting’s working sessions examined the nomination files submitted by the Member States to inscribe their historic sites and cultural elements on the Islamic World Heritage Lists.

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