ZAGREB, Nov 19 (Croatia Sun News) – Croatian Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek addressed the 40th session of the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris, and described how on Nov 18 Croatia payed tribute to the victims of the Homeland War in Vukovar, Skabrnja and elsewhere in the country, and emphasized that it was important to promote peace and tolerance as well as all values promoted by UNESCO.
Obuljen Korzinek said that Croatia supported the initiatives launched by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. She cited efforts being invested by Croatia in strategic reform and financial consolidation, adding that she expected progress in implementing measures aimed at ensuring freedom of speech and safety for journalists, the Culture Ministry said in a statement.
Obuljen Korzinek said that Croatia was committed to sharing its experience from the post-war reconstruction of cultural heritage and that it would support UNESCO’s efforts in rebuilding the Iraqi city of Mosul.
She said that Croatia continued to promote education on the arts and cultural heritage through UNESCO’s World Heritage in Young Hands project. She recalled that as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the Croatian UNESCO delegation hosted a European youth forum which brought together young professionals to promote education on world heritage.
The minister said that through the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Croatia was strongly promoting the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
She announced that next year, during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Croatia would host a conference on risks in the management of world heritage properties, at which initiatives and projects by different organisations, including UNESCO, would be presented.
Obuljen Korzinek is also to attend a forum of culture ministers scheduled for November 19, which will discuss the contribution of culture to achieving sustainable development goals.