Lalla Hasnaa chairs the signing of a partnership agreement between FSPC Rabat and UNESCO

Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Rabat (FSPC Rabat), presided, on Tuesday at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris , the signing of a partnership agreement between the two organisations.

The agreement, concluded in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, was signed by Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture, and Nouzha Alaoui, Secretary General of the Foundation.

This signature comes following the meeting between Her Royal Highness and the Director-General of UNESCO, which took place on the occasion of the work of the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, organized in November 2022 in Rabat.

This first partnership agreement signed for five years will make it possible to focus, first, on the education program for young people in world heritage and UNESCO and to carry out activities with Moroccan and African youth.

The Foundation has adapted to the local context, for the first time in the world, an educational kit designed by UNESCO to help young people discover and understand the heritage of their city.

This kit, entitled “I discover my heritage” was deployed for its second edition in December 2022 to 4,700 students from 62 colleges of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra academy, who approached, with the support of their teachers and under supervision of heritage professionals: archaeologists, architects, site curators and inspectors of historic monuments, the city’s monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Actions to raise awareness and promote cultural heritage will then be carried out with the general public, like the urban exhibition “Rabat, a heritage of humanity”, inaugurated by the Princess on January 8, on the sidelines of the celebration of the inscription of the city of Rabat on the UNESCO World Heritage List. An exhibition that highlights the outstanding universal value of the city of Rabat through informative boards and a series of photographs of the 8 components of the property listed as World Heritage and its buffer zone.

The Foundation and UNESCO are committed to carrying out essential action on the African continent. This joint action will consist of implementing the World Heritage Convention on classified sites in Morocco and Africa.

The partnership agreement also provides for capacity building programs for heritage stakeholders who manage and preserve it in Rabat, Morocco or Africa and finally participation in various national and international events organized by UNESCO.

The Princess, on this occasion, had a meeting with André Azoulay, in the presence in particular of the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, President of Morocco’s National Commission for UNESCO, Chakib Benmoussa, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohammed Mehdi Bensaid, the Secretary General of the Foundation, Nouzha Alaoui, and the Ambassador-Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom to UNESCO, Samir Addahre.

The interview also took place in the presence of Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations at UNESCO, Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture, Astrid Gillet, head of the executive office of Ms. Stefania Giannini, Deputy Director General for Education, and Julien Pellaux, Director of Partnerships.

Lalla Hasnaa then attended the reception offered in Her Honor at UNESCO House by the Director General of the UN organization, in the presence of the President of the General Conference, the President of the Executive Board, the Presidents of the groups Electoral Officers and Assistant Directors-General of UNESCO.

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