Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Culture ministers and officials stress from Doha the importance of renewing cultural work in the Islamic world

Doha (UNA/QNA) - The heads of delegations of countries participating in the Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture in the Islamic World, which is held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and hosted by the State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Culture, under the slogan “Towards Renewing Cultural Work in the Islamic World,” affirmed that On the importance of renewing cultural work in the Islamic world, and the means and mechanisms to achieve this goal.

This came during the second working session of the conference, which lasts from September 25 to 26, which was devoted to exchanging visions and ideas on this matter.

In this regard, Ms. Samira Al-Melizi, General Secretary of the Culture Sector at the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, affirmed Morocco’s sincere will and firm determination to move forward in giving new impetus to joint Islamic cultural cooperation, expressing at the same time her country’s readiness to share its experiences and expertise in the fields of training and continuing education. Those associated with the professions of culture, arts and heritage, preserving and protecting the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, valuing living human treasures, and combating illicit trafficking in cultural property, with emphasis on Morocco’s full involvement in activating the Doha Declaration on the renewal of cultural work in the Islamic world.

For her part, Dr. Hayat Qatat Al-Qarmazi, Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs, said: Her country supports joint cultural work and enhancing its international spread, calling for the establishment of clear cultural policies, especially in light of the challenges and subtle transformations we are experiencing at all levels in our present time, such as entering the virtual world. And artificial intelligence forcefully and without permission, as well as economic and social transformations and climate changes.

She also stressed the need to formulate future cultural strategies and find alternatives as quickly as required.

For his part, Dr. Ahmed Fakak Al-Badrani, the Iraqi Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, said: “We meet today as we deliver a sublime message that carries within it the deepest human and social meanings, stressing the keenness to work diligently and integratedly for the sake of the perpetuation of this solid cultural system to achieve goals that are in the interest of a cultural scene in Islamic countries spread throughout the globe, and to discuss ways of development in a manner befitting the creativity of those working in its intellectual, aesthetic and creative spaces.”

In turn, Mrs. Haifa Al-Najjar, Jordanian Minister of Culture, stressed that her country will always remain a supporter of its nation’s issues, loyal to the Hashemite custodianship of the Arab-Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and its history and architectural heritage, noting at the same time that Jordan will remain loyal to the source of its Arab-Islamic values ​​and culture with its authentic affiliation. And for the issues of his nation.

She stressed Jordan's vision related to creativity and innovation, and presenting Islam with its tolerant vision as a religion of light, giving, love, diversity, and pluralism, stressing the importance of protecting the “intangible” heritage related to the elements of the Arab Islamic heritage in Jordan, and protecting everything related to these elements.

She said: Cultural renewal represents a pioneering civilizational project that, in its formulation, requires critical review, in-depth dialogues, and bias toward reason and rationality, explaining that the most important issues of cultural renewal are represented by complete belief in the nation’s constants, values, heritage, and knowledge product, focusing on moral values, confronting extremist intellectual currents, and crystallizing an Islamic project. An integrated human cultural culture that is able to preserve the nation’s identity and benefit from the means of globalization and the technologies of modernity.

Mr. Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, also stressed that cooperation with the Islamic world and societies that share common issues in the cultural field is a priority for Iran.

Dr. Muhammad Al-Jassar, Acting Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters in Kuwait, stressed the importance of paying attention to heritage sites. In preparation for its registration in the World Heritage Records.

Al-Jassar, representative of the Minister of Information and Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Kuwait, enumerated Kuwait’s contributions to global human culture through a number of publications, and its active role in a number of Arab and Islamic institutions, stressing at the same time the necessity of renewing cultural work in the Islamic world, not out of luxury. cultural, but to face real challenges.

He also confirmed the State of Kuwait's support for ISESCO's efforts to renew and develop for a promising future for the youth of the Islamic world.

It is worth noting that this session comes within the work of the Twelfth Conference of Ministers of Culture in the Islamic World, which discusses issues of cultural development in the Islamic world, and mechanisms for developing the ISESCO Program for Capitals of Culture in the Islamic World, in addition to some projects such as the program for valuing living human treasures and traditional knowledge in The Islamic world, guidelines for cultural policies and indicators for sustainable development in a transforming world, and a strategy for combating illicit trafficking in cultural property in the Islamic world.

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