Head of Sharjah Heritage Institute wins second four-year term in Rome-based ICCROM's Council

Sharjah, 21st November, 2015 (WAM) – Abdul Aziz Al Mussalam, Head of Sharjah Heritage Institute, has won a second four-year term as representative of the UAE in the Council of the Rome-based ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

The members of Council are chosen from amongst the best-qualified experts in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural property, taking into consideration the desirability of achieving equitable representation of the major cultural regions of the world and an appropriate coverage of the different fields of specialization relevant to the work of ICCROM.

With 132 member states, ICCROM is the only intergovernmental organization and institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage. The UAE joined ICCROM four years ago and won a seat at the organisation’s council.

In a statement following his win, Al Mussalam said he could not have won the second term in the international cultural heritage organisation without the unequivocal support from H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, patron of culture, heritage and knowledge.

He attributed his win to the influence the UAE had in the previous term and thanked many sisterly Arab and friendly foreign countries for voting in favour of the UAE.

”We will be the voice of the UAE and Arab World as well as of those who are making tremendous efforts to safeguard, preserve and restore cultural heritage across the world,” he added.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates and ICCROM, established by UNESCO in 1956, signed a Headquarters Agreement which lays the foundation for the establishment and operation of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah.

ICCROM-ATHAR (Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region) is a regional conservation centre founded by ICCROM and the Government of the Emirate of Sharjah. ICCROM’s 27th General Assembly, convened in Rome in November 2011, decided to establish ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates where it is based since its inception in 2012.

ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah is a continuation of ICCROM’s ATHAR programme, which has dedicated its activities since it was launched in 2004, to the protection of cultural heritage in the Arab region and to broadening access, appreciation and understanding of its rich history. Basing its philosophy, goals and activities on its wide knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage in the Arab region, ATHAR Centre today is working to enhance the capacity of official heritage institutions to manage heritage sites, historic monuments and museum collections on a sustainable basis.

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