Libyan mayors announce Union of Libyan World Heritage Municipalities

Libyan mayors announce Union of Libyan World Heritage Municipalities

May 08, 2017 - 14:29
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Mayors of five Libyan municipalities signed a document on Saturday to establish the Union of Libyan World Heritage Municipalities.

The document was signed in Shahat town, eastern Libya, by mayors of Al-Khums, Ghat, Ghadames, Shahat, and Sabratha.

The municipalities agreed to hold periodic meetings of the union every four months at the level of mayors and to form a standing committee for the protection of Libyan archaeological sites.

Establishing a fund to support the protection of archaeological sites was also one of the goals of the document, which was reached by the initiative of the Libyan Organization for Human Rights and in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Omar Al-Mukhtar.

The document also calls for a swift and urgent action to respond to the decision of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in July 2016, which placed five Libyan World Heritage Sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger during the World Heritage Committee meetings held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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