The seminar was part of ANPIEMED program within the International Biennial BRAU4 in Alexandria. Dr. Aymen Abed Elkader (founder of UNESCO Clubs of Heritage Preservation – a civic initiative in Cairo).
He gave a lecture in the Art Museum of Alexandria about the human heritage as bridge between civilizations, a memory for peoples’ identity and a common legacy for all humanity. This heritage is endangered due to several factors: natural disasters, wars, poverty, pollution, ignorance and lack of interest and appreciation. Thus, the international society must cooperate to protect this heritage not for certain nations specifically but for all humanity.
The international campaign for saving Nubian monuments called for by UNESCO at the end of 50s led to raising awareness of the international society so as to participate in preserving world heritage (WH), and paved the way to prepare a draft convention for protecting this heritage. The convention was adopted at the 17th General conference of UNESCO held in November 1972.This convention Considers “that parts of the cultural or natural heritage are of outstanding interest and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.”