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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

UNESCO celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 World Heritage Convention: Caribbean Training Course Launched



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention launched the Caribbean Training Course in the Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage. The Training Course which is being held from the 5th -15th June in Kingston, Jamaica serves to build the capacity of cultural agents from across the Caribbean in the preservation of Cultural Heritage.

The morning started with a welcome by Dr. Kwame Boafo, Director and UNESCO Representative, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean, followed by an address by Mr. Ron Van Oers, Programme Specialist, Special Projects Unit, UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
His Excellency Ambassador Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, the Bahamas and Belize gave background to the long history of the Japanese with UNESCO, stating that UNESCO was one of the first international organisations that Japan joined after World War II and that being a member of UNESCO empowered the rebuilding process. The Government of Japan, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 World Heritage Convention has pledged US$1Million to ACP Countries towards to preservation of Cultural Heritage Sites.  

The Hon. Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture, and Chairperson of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO officially opened the Training Course and said that she supported the efforts of UNESCO in working to increase world heritage. Mr. Everton Hannam, Secretary-General, Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO thanked all the partner organisations for making this development possible and for their continued support.  For the Official Launch of the Poster featuring the English & Dutch-speaking Caribbean World Heritage sites, the officials present all signed as a symbol of commitment.


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