PARIS – UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, on Wednesday urged more young people to join in cultural heritage protection activities and fight the destruction of world heritage and the smuggling of cultural artifacts.
Bokova made the call during her visit to the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
Bokova introduced UNESCO’s #Unite4Heritage project which was inaugurated during her visit to the University of Baghdad.
“The project aims to unite forces through the social media network, Twitter, to protect cultural heritage threatened by war and fight against the smuggling of cultural artifacts,’’ she said.
Bokova declared that the recent “cultural looting” events in Iraq were shocking and intolerable.
“The cruel destruction of world heritage through the use of violence by extremist groups, and the spreading of video footage of such behaviour on the Internet were alarming,” she said.
She urged the world leaders to start considering taking serious action against such crimes.