Concerted efforts must be focused on the humanitarian aspects in the reconstruction and restoration of Mosul in Iraq to ensure cultural and educational sustainable development within the city, a senior official said.
Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, represented the UAE in the International Conference for the Recovery and Restoration of the City of Mosul in the headquarters of Unesco in Paris.
The conference aims to review the current situation in Mosul, mobilise the international community for the reconstruction and recovery of Mosul, and to present major projects that will contribute to the restoration of Mosul’s heritage sites, reviving its cultural life and its educational institutions.
In her keynote speech as part of the conference, Al Kaabi stressed the importance of strategic partnerships among key actors in the reconstruction of the Great Mosque of Al Nuri and Al Hadba’ Minaret.
“The UAE’s support of the reconstruction and restoration of Al Nuri mosque marks a turning point in the lives of the people of Iraq in general, and the people of Mosul in particular, due to its social value and global cultural importance.”
“This project does not only aim to protect heritage, but also means to stand against terrorism, support the economy of Iraq, provide employment opportunities, support sustainable development, and nurture values of tolerance, peace, and hope for the region” she added.
Al Kaabi confirmed that the first meeting of Al Nuri Mosque Steering Committee meeting will take place on September 13 in Abu Dhabi and will discuss a number of proposals that are appropriate for the project and Mosul community. The project will provide new economic opportunities and the development of cultural tourism in Mosul, guaranteeing a more prosperous future for the people of Iraq.
Al Kaabi lauded Unesco’s efforts in the protection of archaeology and the cultural heritage of humanity worldwide, highlighting their major role in the reconstruction project of Al Nuri Mosque. Al Kaabi further stressed the UAE’s readiness to cooperate with Unesco in future projects.