The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) will hold a two-day workshop to create awareness on the importance of the ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict.
The workshop is in continuation of a process that started in 2012 when the Ministry, with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) technical support and through broad consultation with civil society institutions prepared an initial draft.
According to a release, the workshop is organized in collaboration with the UNESCO Multi-Sectorial Regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria.
The convention was adopted in The Hague in 1954 in the wake of the massive destruction of cultural heritage sites and artifacts during World War II, to help preserve property in the midst of conflicts.
It is the first international treaty with a worldwide focus exclusively on the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflicts.
The two-day workshop will be held on May 27-28 at a resort in Monrovia under the theme, “Awareness to Protect Our Cultural Property in the Event Of Armed Conflict.”
Participants will include representatives from the various government ministries and agencies, the National Commission on Higher Education, National Legislature, and civil society organizations.
The participants will provide their collective and individual perspectives to the draft law in line with the principles and provisions of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflicts and the need for the draft law to be ratified by Liberian authorities.
Once finalized, the draft law will be submitted to Liberian authorities for endorsement.
The law will be used to safeguard and together with the participatory process, through which it emerged, demonstrate the strong commitment of national authorities to ensure the viability of Liberia’s heritage, said the release.