Doha (UNI) - The Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture in the Islamic World, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and hosted by the State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Culture in Doha, concluded its first day, which witnessed the formation of the Conference Bureau and the Heritage Committee in the Islamic World. And the adoption of the report of the 18th meeting of the Advisory Council for Cultural Development in the Islamic World, and the adoption of documents submitted by the General Administration of ISESCO.
The conference's working sessions began today, Monday (September 25, 2023), following the opening session, with the adoption of the formation of the conference bureau headed by the State of Qatar, the Republic of Senegal as a representative, and the Republic of Tunisia as rapporteur.
The conference adopted the organization’s report on its achievements in the cultural field between the two sessions of the conference, which was presented by Dr. Muhammad Zain al-Abidin, Head of the Culture and Communication Sector at ISESCO, in which he referred to the organization’s efforts to contribute to the renewal of cultural work, and its proposal to add an eighteenth goal to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and submit it to the Assembly. General Secretary of the United Nations, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, Minister of Culture of the State of Qatar, announced Doha’s adoption of this proposal.
Dr. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Malik, Director-General of ISESCO, indicated that during his meeting with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, in New York, he presented this proposal to her and she welcomed the proposal.
Dr. Walid Al-Saif, Chairman of the Heritage Committee in the Islamic World, also presented a report on the most prominent efforts of the Committee during its previous session.
The conference adopted the new formation of the Heritage Committee in the Islamic World, as its membership included: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Republic of Burkina Faso, the Republic of Gabon, the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Senegal, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, in addition to the State of Palestine, a permanent member. Committee, and the State of Qatar as President of the Conference.
Najib Al-Ghayati, Cultural Advisor to the Director-General of ISESCO, presented the document on the mechanisms for developing ISESCO’s program for capitals of culture in the Islamic world, which included a new approach to selecting capitals of culture. The conference approved the document, which included the names of the cities scheduled to be celebrated within the program in the coming years, namely: Shusha in the Republic of Azerbaijan. For the year 2024, Samarkand in the Republic of Uzbekistan in the year 2025, Hebron in the State of Palestine, Abidjan in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in the year 2026, Siwa in the Arab Republic of Egypt in the year 2027, and Lusail in the State of Qatar in the year 2030.
Dr. Ghanem bin Mubarak Al-Ali, Assistant Undersecretary for Cultural Affairs at the Qatari Ministry of Culture, reviewed the results of the meeting of the Advisory Council for Cultural Development in the Islamic World, and a report on the activities included in the celebration of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021, entitled “A Story of Success and Distinction.”
Dr. Nami Salehi, Supervisor of the ISESCO Center for Heritage in the Islamic World, presented the broad outlines of the program for valuing living human treasures and traditional knowledge in the Islamic world, while Mr. Mohammed Al-Hadi Al-Suhaili, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs and International Standards at ISESCO, presented a draft strategy document for combating illicit trafficking in property. cultural in the Islamic world, and the two documents were adopted.
The head of the delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented a special initiative for Hajj routes, and a project for cultural indicators for countries of the Islamic world. The conference welcomed the two initiatives and approved them.
The second working session of the conference witnessed the speeches of the heads of delegations of the participating countries, to exchange visions and ideas about the importance of renewing cultural work in the Islamic world, and the means and mechanisms to achieve this goal.