Infomediaire Morocco – "Celebrating the leadership of Essaouira in Morocco, Africa and the Arab world, in the presence of the heads of UNESCO's highest institutions, charged with preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity, is both a great honor and a contract of responsibility for all, "André Azoulay, Councilor to King Mohammed VI and founding president of the Essaouira-Mogador Association, said Monday in Essaouira.
Opening the work of a three-day international meeting to discuss "cities and heritage in the Arab States," Azoulay highlighted the pioneering and voluntarist choice made by Essaouira to inscribe "its rebirth in the rich diversity of its countries." the history, its mixed memories and the universality of values that support its modernity. "
He also welcomed the presence of the Director General of the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the director of this institution in the Arab world participating in this international meeting organized by the Society. Archeology and Moroccan Heritage (SMAP).
As the central institution of the mechanism established by UNESCO to ensure the protection of world heritage, ICCROM is today at the forefront of helping cities safeguarding their heritage, but also to alert. "Alarm and sanction when this inheritance is threatened or weakened by the disrespect of its historical integrity, be it material or immaterial," added the Counselor to His Majesty the King, describing how historic " participation at the highest level. ICCROM authorities in this forum.
"Today Essaouira is better, exists and breathes thanks to our elders who have left us a magnificent inheritance," added the Counselor of His Majesty the King, recalling the conclusion of the potential "of this Souiri DNA, carved by the diversity of its heritage and shaped by the richness of our interlaced memories.
The opening session of this international meeting was reinforced by interventions by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed El Aaraj, ICCROM Director General, Webber Ndoro, President-Delegate of the Moroccan Society of Archeology and Heritage (SMAP), Abdelaziz Touri and Zaki Aslan, director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Center in Sahrjah (United Arab Emirates).
Initiated by SMAP and the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Center in Sharjah, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Department of Culture), this conclave benefits from the assistance of the Ministry of Habituary and Islamic Affairs, the Kingdom of Morocco Academy, the National Institute of Sciences of Archeology and Heritage (INSAP) and the Essaouira-Mogador Association.
This scientific meeting thus offers the opportunity to focus on issues related to the preservation and enhancement of the heritage of cities in the Arab world, as well as their historical fabric, while allowing actors in the areas of preservation and appreciation of heritage to exchange their respective experiences.