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UNESCO and Iraq reaffirm their commitment to the reconstruction of Mosul

In order to follow up the achieved progress of the revive the spirit of Mosul initiative, UNESCO Director–General Audrey Azoulay met the minister of culture, tourism, and antiquities Dr. Abdulameer AL-Hamadani and the governor of Nineveh Mansour Al- Mareed at the headquarter of the international organization in Paris on Wednesday 11 September 2019.
“We are committed to working together. We agreed on a solid timetable and action plan” the Director-General of UNESCO said at the end of the meeting, which was attended by the General- Director of the Department of the public Culture Relations, Falah Hassan Shaker.
She pointed out that the reconstruction project funded by the United Arab Emirates for rebuilding Al-Nuri Mosque and its along with two other churches.
She indicated that consolidation work on the remaining structures and demining of the mosque and minaret site is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, and reconstruction could begin in the first half of 2020. It is mentioned that Al-Nuri Mosque had been severely damaged during ISIS’s occupation of the city Of Mosul.
She added ” We are aware of the difficulties, but the people of Mosul deserve our efforts,” she confirmed that “Mosul was the symbol of diversity and tolerance before the conflict, the spirit of Mosul is an example and an objective for the rest of Iraq.”
For his part, the Iraqi minister of culture, tourism, and antiquities, Dr. Abdulameer said “The needs are considerable, but with the help of UNESCO and the international community, we can meet the challenge, we will work as a united team”.
Nineveh Governor Al-Mareed thanked UNESCO for its efforts to revive Mosul’s history and spirit and emphasized the need to let people know about the project, saying that “The population must be informed that this is a concrete project,”
It is worth mentioning that the aim of the “Revive The Spirit Of Mosul ” initiative is to promote the urban, social, educational, and cultural fabric of the Iraqi city, based on three main axes, which are rehabilitation and reconstruction of the cultural heritage that exposed to damage or destruction, rehabilitation of the education system and animation of cultural life of the city.
The “Revive The Spirit Of Mosul “ initiative project was launched by UNESCO in 2018 with the support of the Iraqi government and the UN Secretary-General.

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